Actor Salman Khan has been given a 5-year-sentence by Jodhpur Court. Salman had spent five nights in the same jail in 2006. Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, which was enacted for the protection of plants and animals. February 15, 2017: During recording of statements of the accused on January 27, Salman had pleaded for innocence also expressed that he will be presenting some evidence to support his cause.
A court in Jodhpur, sentenced him to five years in prison and fined him INR10,000 ($154) for hunting and killing two blackbucks in 1998. The Bollywood star was taken to Jodhpur Central Jail on Thursday afternoon, where he underwent a medical examination before being locked up overnight. Khan, one of the Indian movie industry's most bankable stars, was convicted by a court in Rajasthan state of poaching the rare antelopes known as black bucks in 1998.
Apart from his four co-stars, another co-accused, Dushyant Singh, a local travel and transport agent who was allegedly with them when the crime was committed, was also acquitted in the Kankani case.
His trial has generated significant media coverage throughout India, with numerous country's news channels giving his case wall-to-wall coverage.
High-profile Bollywood star Salman Khan (in black), is seen outside the Jodhpur court in Rajasthan on Thursday.
Defense counsel Hastimal Saraswat was representing the actor's case, and the verdict was pronounced by Chief Justice Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri.
Blackbucks are an endangered species and hunting them is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.
He has been one of the industry's highest earning stars for nearly three decades since his debut film "Biwi ho to Aisi" in 1988. According to reports, Rs 1,000 crore rides on him in Bollywood.
2 October 1998: A police complaint was lodged against the five actors - Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu - by the Bishnoi community. However, films including Race 3 are yet to be completed.
Khan is now involved in four blockbuster projects - Race 3, Kick 2, Dabangg 3 and Bharat - and tens of crores of rupees would be tied up in them.
"They are praying for probation, they are emphasising on the minimum sentence", he said. Reacting to the judgment former star Jaya Bachchan tweeted a unusual comment: "I feel bad. He has done a lot of humanitarian work", Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan said.
Sources said the actor, who is Qaidi No. 106, did not eat. "I do hope he gets the relief he deserves", Arjun Rampal said.
In 2015, Bombay High Court overturned his conviction in a 2002 hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a group of people sleeping on a pavement, killing one.
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