The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to actor Salman Khan, seeking his response as to why the stay on his conviction in the Rajasthan blackbuck poaching case should not be lifted.
A bench led by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya issued a notice to the Bollywood superstar and asked him to submit his reply within four weeks.
Rajasthan High Court had in November last granted the relief to Khan by staying the conviction order passed by the trial court on April 10, 2006.
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The actor was convicted in two cases of poaching on the intervening night of October 1 and 2 in 1998 in Mathania and Kankani near Jodhpur.
In 2007, Salman was sentenced to five years in prison by Rajasthan High Court for hunting a black buck during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. He spent six days in Jodhpur Central Jail before his sentence was suspended.
In 2006, he was sentenced to one year in jail for hunting a chinkara, also in 1998. He marked three days in jail in April 2006 before appealing against his conviction in the district and sessions court.
Besides Salman, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were accused of poaching near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
As his sentence and not the conviction was stayed, the UK government had denied him a visa for a film shoot there since the foreign immigration laws prohibited visa for the convicts.