Jodhpur: The Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted actor Salman Khan and acquitted the rest in 1998 in blackbuck poaching case.
The Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act entails a maximum of six years imprisonment.
According to reports, there were nearly 28 witnesses for the case, including Bishnoi villagers who came out running from their huts on hearing gunshots during the incident.
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. There are two others involved in the case - travel agent Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre, Salman's then assistant. Police are still on a lookout for Gawre.
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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.
Salman Khan found guilty in the #BlackBuckPoachingCase.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 5, 2018
Finally, some justice for that blackbuck's great-great-grandchildren.
So much talk on channels about how Salman Khan's image has changed over the years. His charity, loyalty and blah blah. How does it matter to the blackbuck?— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) April 5, 2018
Rampal Bhawad, State President, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha condemened the acquittal of other actors. "We'll analyse the judgement. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted," he told ANI.