The Rajasthan Government on Wednesday contended in the Supreme Court that Bollywood actor Salman Khan should be ordered to surrender and asked to go back to jail in two poaching cases, as reported by NDTV. The state government had earlier filed a special leave petition in the apex court on Tuesday against the acquittal of Salman Khan by the High Court.
Rajasthan High Court had in July this year, acquitted Salman Khan in two long pending cases related to Chinkara poaching. In 2006, Salman had been convicted by the trial court and handed sentences of one and five years respectively for allegedly poaching three Chinkaras in two separate instances.
In February 2006, Salman Khan was convicted under the Wild Life Act for poaching a Chinkara at Bhawad near Jodhpur during the shooting of film Hum Saath Saath Hain in September 1998. Salman Khan was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and was slapped a fine of Rs 5,000.
Salman was accused of hunting two Chinkaras at Bhawad in Mathania near Jodhpur on September 26, 1998, and another Chinkara at Ghoda farms two days later on September 28th, while he was in Jodhpur.
Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam had been charged with hunting two black bucks at Kankani village in September, 1998.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been given a tag of baddie which is often referred when we talk about his legal cases like Black Buck poaching case in Rajasthan, Chinkara poaching case and hit and run case of Bandra.
There are two other ongoing cases against the actor in Jodhpur courts, one under the Arms act and another for allegedly poaching a blackbuck.
Below is the list of important dates in this case:
September 26, 1998: Salman Khan was accused of hunting two Chinkaras at Bhawad in Mathania near Jodhpur. Five Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendra, Tabu and Neelam who were then shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain were seen hunting two blackbucks
September 28, 1998: Salman Khan was also accused of hunting another Chinkara at Ghoda farms two days later while he was in Jodhpur filming for Hum Saath Saath Hain.
October 2, 1998: Bishnoi community lodged a police complaint against Salman Khan and four others involved in the killing of blackbucks.
October 12, 1998: Salman Khan was arrested and released on bail in the next five days.
April 10, 2006: Salman was convicted in the black buck hunting case by one of the trial courts under the Act of Wildlife Protection Act wherein he was fined for Rs 5,000 along with five years of jail.
August 24, 2007: The Session Court upheld the conviction and dismissed the appeal of the actor.
August 31, 2007: The Rajasthan High Court suspended the sentence; however, it ordered the actor not to leave India without taking a formal permission. Salman was sentenced to five years in prison by the Rajasthan High Court for hunting a blackbuck during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. He spent six days in Jodhpur Central Jail before his sentence was suspended. Later, the High Court dropped charges under Arms Act against him on his appeal.
December 2012: The Rajasthan High Court had revised the charges against the actor. In the fresh charges, Salman was charged with Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
August 2013: Salman Khan was denied a visa for the UK owing to the conviction charges.
November 13, 2013: Rajasthan High Court stayed the sentence of the actor, which gave Salman an opportunity to get the UK visa for the shooting.
November 2014: The Rajasthan government approached the Supreme Court against the decision of High Court in connection with the blackbuck case allowing him to get the UK Visa.
November 5, 2014: Salman Khan requested his appeal in SC asking the court to help him apply for the visa since it will affect his shooting schedules. Later the apex court comprising of justice S.J. Mukhopadhyay and Justice A.K. Goel were seen reserving its order claiming that his conviction cannot be stayed simply because it is seen coming in the way of finding a British Visa.
December 19, 2014: The actor’s please to call DCP and DM of Mumbai city as his witness regarding the expiry of the license of the arms, which he used in the alleged poaching case.
July 25, 2016: Actor Salman Khan has been acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in the 1998 chinkara poaching case.
October 19, 2016: The Rajasthan Government contended in the Supreme Court that Salman Khan should be ordered to surrender and asked to go back to jail in two 18-year-old Chinkara poaching cases.