On April 5, the Jodhpur Court found actor Salman Khan guilty of poaching two blackbucks in 1998, during a shoot for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan. His co-stars from the film, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre who were allegedly also present at the time of the poaching, have been acquitted by the court. The court has awarded Salman a sentence of five years along with a fine of Rs 10000. Salman was first accused of poaching in September 1998.
Post the hearing, Salman was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail where Asaram Bapu is lodged in a rape case. The Jodhpur Sessions Court has accepted Salman Khan’s bail plea for the case and a hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow.
Actor Salman Khan reached Jodhpur on April 4 along with sisters Arpita Khan and Alvira Khan. He arrived at the Jodhpur court today morning. While the prosecution has asked for maximum punishment for Salman, the actor will be taken to Jodhpur Central Jail post the sentencing. Arguments are currently underway on the quantum of his sentence. Khan’s lawyer are pleading for minimum sentence.
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Other actors including Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam had also arrived in Jodhpur yesterday. The Bishnoi community of Rajasthan has expressed displeasure over their acquittal.
Photos of Salman Khan and others arriving at the Jodhpur court for the hearing:
The last time Salman was embroiled in a legal case of this scale was during the verdict of the 2002 hit-and-run case. However, the actor was acquitted for it in December 2015. He had allegedly run over a group of people who were sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai in September, 2002. One person was killed and four others were injured.
The actor was also charged with two other poaching cases of Chinkara deer and blackbuck in Bhawad village and Mathania village respectively. He was acquitted in both the cases.