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Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan convicted, sentenced to 5 years jail term

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Jodhpur court has finally convicted Salman Khan for the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The court has acquitted other actors including Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre that were booked in the case. Salman Khan may face six years of imprisonment.

Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks on October 2, 1998, in Kankani Village in Jodhpur during the shoots of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. He was booked in the case under the section 52 of ‘Wildlife Protection Act’.

The trial of the case has been in the progress for the last 20 years. Judge Dev Kumar Khatri reserved the decision after the final argument on March 28th.

According to reports, lawyer of Salman Khan will plead for a minimum sentence. If the court pronounced imprisonment of three years, Salman Khan can apply for bail in the same court, however, in case of more than three years of imprisonment, he will have to apply for bail in higher court.

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In 2006 the trial court fined him Rs. 25,000 and sentenced to five years of imprisonment. He spent a week in jail before being granted bail. Later Rajasthan Court suspended trial courts sentence awarded to Salman Khan and ordered actor to not leave India without formal permission.

Ten years later in 2016, Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman Khan of all charges in the case citing the lack of evidence to prove the dead animals were killed by actor’s licensed gun.

In 2016 Supreme Court issued a notice to Salman Khan on an appeal by Rajasthan Government that challenged his acquittal. The apex court agreed to fast-track the plea. On March 28th, 2018, the Rajasthan Trial Court completed the argument and reserved the decision.

The Indian Stock market has reported the downfall by 15% in the share price of ‘Mandhana’ a textile company associated with Salman Khan’s charitable trust ‘Being Human’ after his conviction in the case.

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‘Being Human’ was launched by Salman Khan in 2012 and was licensed globally by ‘The Mandhana Retail Ventures’.