Bollywood star Salman Khan handed jail term for poaching

Calvin Saunders
April 6, 2018

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after being convicted of illegal poaching in a decades-old case, prosecutors said Thursday.

One of the three Bollywood Khans, the actor has almost Rs 600 crore riding on him say film industry analysts, and the verdict will affect at least three big projects.

Beside the cases of poaching of endangered antelopes under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, a case under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act was filed against Khan for allegedly keeping and using firearms with an expired licence in the poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998.

- Controversial bad boy - The 52-year-old has been dogged by multiple charges since undertaking the infamous hunting safari in protected forest land while shooting a film in Rajasthan.

A fine of Rs 10,000 was also slapped on him. His defense had pleaded for probation or minimum punishment, arguing that he had been acquitted by higher courts and was involved in social service.

He had been sentenced to prison terms of between one and five years for convictions in related cases which he was later acquitted of following successful appeals.

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His co-stars, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, were all acquitted after it was discovered that the auto was driven by Khan. "It is a huge loss to the industry as he is a big star who guarantees big success", trade analyst Komal Nahta told news agency PTI.

The other actors, among them Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, were acquitted by the court in Jodhpur for lack of evidence.

Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for today. They have pursued the case against Khan for nearly two decades.

Khan has had other brushes with the law. Lots of money riding on him (Salman Khan).

He ran over five people with his vehicle back in 2002, ending up killing one of them. In 2013, a sessions court convicted Salman of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, but he was granted interim bail by the Bombay High Court.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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