Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan gets 5-year jail term & Fined Rs 10,000
A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck killing case Salman Khan 5-year jail. His ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ co-stars, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam, who were co-accused, were however, acquitted in the same case. A fifth person, Dushyant Singh, a local businessman from the area, has also been acquitted.
A Jodhpur court has sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five-year jail term. 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. He has been convicted under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which carries maximum punishment of six years and minimum one-year jail term.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the verdict in the case that had been under way for 20 years, called the actor a ‘habitual offender’. Judge Khatri ruled that hence the actor has been convicted, while the others have been given the benefit of the doubt.
The quantum of punishment in store for the actor will be announced later. Arguments on the punishment are under way, with the actor’s lawyers a rguing for probation and pleading for minimum sentence. If his bail plea gets rejected, the actor may have to spend prison time till Monday, when he can re-apply for bail.
Khan may have to serve 6 years in prison, as he faces charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The other actors were charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
A fine of Rs 10,000 has also been levied on the actor. Salman can appeal in the Rajasthan High Court against his conviction.
While Salman Khan’s conviction comes as a big blow to Bollywood, trade analyst Komal Nahta says that there is not much involvement of money in Salman’s Dabangg 3, Kick 2 and Bharat as they all are in pre-production stage and the team has only announced those projects, but Race 3 will face the consequences if the actor is sentenced to a jail time of more than three years.
“There’s not much involvement of money whether it’s ‘Bharat’ or ‘Dabangg 3’ or ‘Kick 2’. The only film where money has been invested is ‘Race 3’ and that shouldn’t be a problem unless he is convicted for more than three years, because if that happens, then he will not even be getting bail and the film will get stuck,
— Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) 5 April 2018
Meanwhile, the Bishnoi community has expressed displeasure at the other actors being allowed to go scot-free. The community feels reverentially towards blackbucks and has been working to protect the creatures. Reacting to the verdict, actress Neelam’s husband, Samir Soni said that it was surprising that one person had been singled out. “I’m happy for Neelam and the rest of us, but very disappointed for Salman,” he said, while expressing support for the actor.
Judge: Why did you come to Jodhpur in 1998.
Salman Khan: To shoot…
Judge: You have confessed. GUILTY.
Salman Khan: … Hum Saath Saath Hain.
Judge: You have confessed again. ALL OF YOU ARE GUILTY.#BlackBuckPoachingCase
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 5 April 2018