Salman Khan to spend night in jail following conviction

Published: April 5, 2018
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PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

JODHPUR: A Jodhpur court on Thursday pronounced its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.

Salman has been found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison with INR10,000 fine while Saif, Sonali, Tabu and Neelum have been acquitted under section 9/51 of the Indian Wildlife Act, reported CNN. The council is arguing for an early probation.

The actor will spend the night in Jodhpur central jail and his bail hearing will be held tomorrow morning at 10.00am.

The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28. Arguments were in progress in the court regarding the quantum of punishment for Salman.

The accused landed in Jodhpur on Wednesday ahead of the court hearing.

The movie stars were accused of poaching black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain movie.

They were accused of killing two black bucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.

The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on March 28. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5 thereafter.

Meanwhile, a video clipping of Saif getting annoyed over media questions and threatening his driver by saying ‘Sheehsa upar karo aur reverse kar lo varna padegi ek (close windowpane, put car in reverse or else you will get slapped) has since gone viral on social media.

It was learnt that a fan also misbehaved with Tabu while she was coming out of the airport at Jodhpur on Wednesday morning.

The actor is currently busy shooting for Race 3.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 5, 2018 - 11:22AM

    he might be a good actor but not a very good role model. put him in jail at least for one day to show justice still prevails in India. Recommend

  • syed Ahmed
    Apr 5, 2018 - 12:15PM

    Bunny ji , convicting after 20yrs on week evidences isn’t justice and jail is a revenge not any correction.Recommend

  • taj
    Apr 5, 2018 - 12:28PM

    justice at its best. but yet the punishment has to declare.Recommend

  • Noman rashid
    Apr 5, 2018 - 2:21PM

    He tried his best few years ago by saying I am a hindu and a muslim. But it did not work.Recommend

  • Umair
    Apr 5, 2018 - 3:39PM

    Where human rights are not being given, Salman is being punished for hunting black buck…! What a joke.Recommend

  • twoeyes
    Apr 5, 2018 - 5:02PM

    @Umair:
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma GandhiRecommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Apr 5, 2018 - 9:34PM

    Bunny Rabbit … why are we even considering movie actors in the list of role models for us?Recommend

  • Dipak
    Apr 6, 2018 - 2:36AM

    Saif, Tabu are also Muslims. They were found innocent. Salman will be out soon. His crime is not that bad. Modi will release him soon. Salman is not criminal like Mushy.Recommend

  • Yulii Feroze-Nüman
    Apr 6, 2018 - 3:14AM

    Animal rights are the equally important as human rights. But it may be different I. Pakistani people’s perspective where animals have a pity life

    Remember you can give a life but you can’t bring a dead back to the life. That’s what this case is about. @Umair: Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 6, 2018 - 3:23AM

    He was released in the hit and run case, because the victim was a Muslim; had he been a Brahmin Hindu, Salman would have been hanged by now. The value of a buck (deer) is more than a Muslim. They cannot even get a house for rent in Mumbai.Recommend

  • ABC
    Apr 6, 2018 - 9:11AM

    @twoeyes:

    Yes, due to that quote you guys keep slaughtering humansRecommend

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