Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan pronounced guilty, others acquitted
Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were acquitted. Punishment to be pronounced in the afternoon
Jaipur: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted by a court in Jodhpur in deer poaching case, while other accused – including Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were acquitted.
The court will pronounce the punishment in the afternoon. Salman Khan faces a maximum imprisonment of six years under sections 52 and 53 of the Wildlife Protection Act. As soon as the judgement was pronounced, other actors left the courtroom, while the police took Salman Khan into custody. He can appeal against the judgement in the district and sessions court.
Eyewitnesses reported that the actor looked disappointed and ‘tired’ after hearing the judgement.
The judgement was pronounced by the court of chief judicial magistrate Devkumar Khatri.
Salman had a total of four separate cases registered against him in connection with the poaching of blackbucks and chinkara. Two of these cases were registered under section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act for poaching of two blackbucks in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on September 28-29, 1998.
In these two cases pertaining to the Wildlife Protection Act, the Rajasthan high court acquitted the actor in July, 2016.
The third case is pertaining to the use of illegal arms for poaching. He was acquitted in this case too.
In the fourth case, he has been pronounced guilty. This case is regarding the poaching of two blackbucks near Kakandi village on the intervening night of October 1 and October 2, 1998.