Bollywood superstar, The Salman Khan, was cuffed by police on Thursday after he was given a five-year jail in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case.He was found guilty of hunting two blackbucks while working on the film Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998 in Jodhpur.
The case was brought under official hands on October 2, 1998, in Kankani village in Jodhpur.The case had been on trial for over the past 19 years.Under the 51 section of Wildlife Act Salman could have been pushed to lock up for six years.
Salman was accused of killing two blackbucks.The blackbuck is an endangered species and is protected under the Indian Wildlife Act.
Here is what lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said about court’s decision
“The court has given a five-year jail term and fined Salman Khan INR10,000.”
He was accompanied by his co-actors from the cast of the film, Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, and Tabu. They were called upon by the court and were accused of hunting. But were released on bases of no proof against them.
Salman pleaded that he is not guilty.Under court orders, he is to spend the night in Jodhpur central jail.Since the sentencing is more than three years he does not have the edge to apply for bail in the same court, he has to knock the door of higher court for bail. Salman’s lawyer had already pleaded for minimum sentencing and that is 5 years.
Salman Khan is said to be tied up for a handsome amount of, INR6 billion for future film projects.This news had soaked the roots of Indian film industry and the filmmakers across India are anxiously waiting for the final court verdict, that is to be held on Saturday,7 April.
The super actor’s film Race 3 is scheduled to be in cinemas on this eid.This upcoming film has the potential to be a blockbuster and to make billions of money.
Few of his lined up projects include Dabangg 3, Partner 2, Kick 2, Bharat and No Entry Mein Entry.Dabangg 3 is being directed by Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan.
Salman’s sentencing would bring a lot of loss to the Indian film industry.
We hope that court takes a just decision
Fingers crossed until tomorrow