Bollywood’s “Bhai” Salman Khan held guilty of killing two blackbucks in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case and was sentenced to five years in jail along with a fine of Rs 10,000. Salman Khan will walk into the Jodhpur Central Jail on April 5. The 52-year-old actor spent five nights in the same jail in 2006.
Since the jail term is more than three years so it’s a non-bailable offense.
However, Salman can appeal in the Rajasthan High Court against his conviction.
The trial of the case took place over the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
On October 1, 1998, the Bishnoi villagers heard gunshots and ran out of their house to realize that two blackbucks were killed. Allegedly they also chased the car driven by Salman Khan but the actor fled the scene. The community then filed a case against this 52-year-old superstar along with his other co-stars, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam.
Though Salman was found guilty, others have been acquitted by the court. However, Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars.
Blackbuck is a protected animal as it’s considered as an endangered species under Indian Wildlife Act. It’s poaching is a criminal offense under the Act. The section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act carries the maximum punishment of six-year and the minimum of 1 year jail time. The prosecution demanded maximum punishment for the actor.
Jodhpur Central Jail presently houses three high-profile inmates Malkhan Singh Vishnoi, Shambhu Lal, and Asaram Bapu.
The police said the actor will be taken straight from the court to jail and all arrangements have been made. He will be Barrack no.2, where Asaram Bapu has been lodged.