Jodhpur: Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison, charged with Rs 10,000 fine. The actor has been taken into custody.
A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 1998 black buck poaching case but acquitted his colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, a prosecution lawyer said. A fifth person, Dushyant Singh, a local from the area, has also been acquitted, said Mahipal Bishnoi, the prosecution counsel.
Salman was found guilty of killing the blackbucks, from the antelope family, in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of 1 October, 1998 during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain.
In January last year, Salman Khan pleaded not guilty along with rest of the accused. He also revealed that he was falsely accused as he never went hunting due to security risks. Now the hearing will happen in Jodhpur court.
The celebs have been accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of their movie Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998. Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for Thursday.
Salman Khan has many releases coming up. It begins with Race 3 this year and there are reports that Dabangg 3 might also get released on December 28 this year. To avoid a clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero on December 21, the actor apparently went for the later date only to clash with Ranveer Singh’s Simmba. It remains to be seen what happens at the end.