After almost 20 years, actor Salman Khan has been found guilty of poaching of a blackbuck in 1998, during a shoot for a film in Rajasthan. Salman Khan was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.
At the same time, other actors — Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari — have been acquitted. The Bishnoi Sabha, a community committed to protect the blackbucks, has decided to appeal against other acquittals.
Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain.
Khan was present with his lawyer, Hastimal Saraswat, who argued for a shorter quantum of sentence.
The Bishnoi clan had filed a case against the team. There were 29 villagers present in the court as witnesses who had run out of their huts upon hearing gunshots. Blackbucks hold a very special place in Bishnoi community who treat them just like children.
As soon as the sentence was pronounced, #BlackBuckPoachingCase went trending on Twitter and people started to express their stance. Take a look at some of them:
Wow Congratulations to the Indian justice system for a “QUICK” verdict , so whoz gonna be in Jail …….🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂 Hogwash
— Jo (@nikkyboy22) April 5, 2018
Par usne suicide kiya tha…
— IAS Blackboard (@IamMeghaG) April 5, 2018
That 20 years (soo fast) shows Indian Governance and Law…
— Thiru (@aurothiru) April 5, 2018
With two more cases pending in SC, from now on sitting on and cooling his ass for the rest of his life the guy would be watching his own films! LOL @republic @irajdeep @MinhazMerchant @MinhazMerchant @sambitswaraj @Swamy39 @BeingSalmanKhan (PBUH)
— Kalyan Deb (@KalyanDeb) April 5, 2018
— Muazzam Farooqui (@FarooquiGouse) April 5, 2018
— Ameya Joshi (@joshiameyav) April 5, 2018
“Justice is delayed but not denied”
— Murali Krishna (@MuralikrishnaE1) April 5, 2018
So what do you think about the incident? Is the quantum of sentence justified? Let us know.