Five years imprisonment in blackbuck poaching case
Salman Khan was on Thursday convicted in a 19-year-old blackbuck poaching case by a court in Jodhpur. He was sentenced to five years in jail.
While announcing the sentence, Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) also imposed a fine of RS. 10,000 on Khan. Khan was taken to the Central Jail in Jodhpur from the court. The actor has the option for filing an appeal in Sessions Court. Unless the sentence is suspended, he will spend tonight in jail.
Khan is involved in four cases related to blackbuck/chinkara poaching. He has been accused of killing two chinkaras at Bhavad village in Rajasthan in September 1998, a chinkara at the Ghoda farms in the State the next month and two blackbucks near Kankani village in the State in the same month. In addition, he is also accused of using two firearms with alleged expired licences.
The verdict pertains to the killing of two blackbucks.
Khan has been convicted under Section 9 and 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. The maximum sentence under the law is six years.
If the sentence is for three years or less, the magistrate’s court is likely to suspend the punishment,.If more, Mr. Khan will have to move the Sessions Court for bail.
The charge against the other actors was under Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC. Their acquittal means the court has accepted that there is no sufficient evidence to prove this.