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Blackbuck case: Salman Khan Gets 5 Years Jail Term in blackbuck Poaching Case, All Other Accused Released!

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Today Salman Khan gets convicted in Blackbuck case. He was awarded 5 years jail term in the case, he will now be taken to Jodhpur Central Jail. His laywers will appeal in a higher court and also put in application for bail.

Salman Khan was facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of the Indian Penal Code. Maximum punishment under Section 51 was six years.

A court in Jodhpur convicted Salman Khan in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case on April 5. Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, who were also involved in the case, have been acquitted.

Earlier, The Bollywood actor Slaman Khan was in Dubai to shoot for Race 3, flew down to Jodhpur on a chartered flight. While Salman’s co-actors in the film Hum Saath Saath Hai, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre arrived before him.

It is pertinent to note that this is said to be the  last of the cases pending against Salman as the Bollywood actor had earlier pleaded innocence in the case. A trial court acquitted him of charges under the Arms Act (date), that  was later challenged in a higher court.

Here’s the timeline of the blackbuck poaching case:

1998

October 2: A police complaint was filed against the five actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam for allegedly killing two blackbucks while they were shooting for the movie Hum Sath Sath Hain in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.

2006

April 10: Salman Khan convicted in the blackbuck hunting case. He was slapped a fine and sentenced to five years of jail. He spent a week in jail in Jodhpur before being granted bail.

August 31: The Rajasthan Court suspended the sentence and ordered the actor to not leave the country without formal permission.

2016

July 25: The Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman Khan of all charges in the blackbuck poaching case. The High Court said that there was no evidence to prove that the animals which were found dead were shot by the actor’s licensed gun.

November 11: Salman Khan was issued notice by the Supreme Court on an appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal in blackbuck poaching case. The top court agrees to fast-track the plea.

2018

April 5: A Jodhpur Court will deliver the verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case against actor Salman Khan. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam will also have to be present for the hearing.

 

What Salman Khan Fans had to say:

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