Jodhpur trial court on Thursday found Bollywood actor Salman Khan guilty and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The other four accused Bollywood actors – Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam were acquitted of all charges.
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
Salman is accused of killing two blackbucks while he along with his crews Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Tabu was shooting for the movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain” in 1998.
- Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabh, the group that filed case against them, objected to the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. State president of the organization Shivraj Bishnoi said they will challenge their acquittal in the High Court.
“We'll analyze the judgment. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted and we also demand maximum punishment for Salman Khan,” said Rampal Bhawad, State President, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha
- Salman Khan has also been fined of Rs 10,000 with five years imprisonment. He is now under police custody and has been taken to the Jodhpur Central jail.
- His lawyer filed bail petition in special court but there is no bail today. He will have to spend today in jail.
- A loss to Bollywood industry as Khan was working on three movies Race 3, Dabang 3 and Kick 2. Race 3 was set for an Eid 2018 release. He also hosts the reality TV show Bigg Boss.