Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan found guilty, others acquitted by Jodhpur court

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 05, 2018 16:17 hrs
Bollywood star Salman Khan, second left, arrives to appear before a court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (AP image)

Jodhpur: The Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted actor Salman Khan and acquitted the rest in 1998 in blackbuck poaching case.

The other actors involved in this case are, Saif Ali, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu. They have been charged under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

The actor has been sent to jail for 5 years and a penalty of Rs 10,000 also levied on him. Salman will now have to approach a higher court for bail.

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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They were accused of killing two black bucks, hunting of which is prohibited.

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.

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.

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