Today Jodhpur court may deliver the verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
Earlier Salman was convicted in one of the cases in 2006 and was sentenced to five years in jail. While the actor spent a week in jail, the sentence was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court. The actor was also booked under the Arms Act as the licence of the gun he allegedly used while hunting had expired. However, the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.
In this case Salman has been accused of killing two blackbucks on October 2, 1998 in Kankani village in Jodhpur during the shooting of “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, and Tabu, who are the co-accused in the case, have arrived in Jodhpur.
Trial of the case has been in progress for the last 19 years and Judge Dev Kumar Khatri reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
If convicted Salman, who has been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, may face six years imprisonment. Currently Salman, who has been shooting for Race 3 in Abu Dhabi, will also be present in the court of chief judicial magistrate (Jodhpur Rural).