Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan gets 5 years in prison, Saif Ali Khan and other actors acquitted

Actor Salman Khan was convicted of killing two blackbucks in September 1998 while shooting for a Bollywood movie. Actors and co accused Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, and Neelam Kothari were acquitted. Quantum of punishment will be pronounced soon.

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Actor Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail and fined Rs 10, 000 after a Jodhpur court convicted him for the killing of two blackbucks in the two-decade-old poaching case.

Fellow actors and co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari were given the benefit of the doubt and acquitted along with Dushyant Singh, a local from the area.

Salman was charged for killing the blackbucks, an endangered species of antelope protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, in February 2006, while shooting for the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998. Saif, Sonali, Tabu and Neelam, who co-starred in the movie, and Singh, was also accused in the case.

The trial in the case began in the chief judicial magistrate court in May 2013. At least 28 witnesses from the prosecution side were produced for examination.

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 can apply for bail from the sessions court.

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