Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case Thursday, April 5, and was sentenced to five years in jail, with a penalty of Rs 10,000. He was arrested immediately and is now lodged at the Jodhpur Central Jail, which also houses rape-convict Asaram Bapu. The district judge will hear Salman’s bail plea Friday, April 6, at 10.30 am.
After the verdict and sentencing, the A-list star’s lawyers released a statement and said that it all came as a surprise.
“Also, in the present case, the Hon’ble court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused, which would imply Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur,” the statement added.
Between the entire buzz around Salman’s sentencing and bail possibility, one cannot help but wonder if Friday will bring him some luck again, like it did in the 2002 hit-and-run case. After years of court proceedings, Salman was sentenced to five years in jail May 6, 2015. However, he was granted bail in the case May 8, which was also a Friday. So will history repeat itself? Well, we’ll have to wait and watch.
What is Salman’s blackbuck case all about
- The actors were in Jodhpur, shooting for the movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain,” in 1998 when Salman, Saif, Tabu, and Sonali allegedly killed two blackbucks in the Kankani village.
- The villagers, mostly the Bishnois, a traditional community that protects the deer, then filed a complaint against the actors and the case has been going on since.
- Salman was convicted in one of the cases in 2006 and was sentenced to five years in prison along with a penalty of Rs 25,000.
- While the actor spent a week in jail, the sentence was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court.
- Salman was also booked in a case of illegal possession of arms as the license of the arms he allegedly used while hunting down the blackbucks had expired.
- The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.
- A bench of the Rajasthan High Court then finalized the charges against the actor in the poaching case, hence giving the trial a go ahead.
- Salman was booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the others were charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC.
- The final hearing in the case was completed March 28, and chief judicial magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the verdict, reported the Press Trust of India.