New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved the order against Bollywood actor Salman Khan regarding the blackbuck poaching case. The 48-year-old actor was seeking a stay on the order, as he wanted to apply for UK visa for completing the shoot of his film.
However, the court maintained that the decision cannot be merely stayed put on account of Salman getting access to the UK visa, reportedly. Further, the bench added that just because court proceedings take many years to reach a final judgement, the actor can't seek stay on his conviction.
Reportedly, today was supposed to be the final hearing in connection with infamous 1998 case.
Salman was convicted and sentenced to one year and five-year prison term in separate cases of poaching of two Chinkaras at Bhawad and one black buck at Ghoda Farm (Mathania) on the intervening night of September 26-27, 1998 and September 28-29, 1998 respectively.
The actor had approached the High Court in 2007 seeking a stay on his conviction by a trial court so that he could file a fresh application for a British visa. So far 10 prosecution witnesses have been produced in the court for cross examination in relation to the poaching of the two black bucks.
A prosecution witness identified actresses Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu in the 16-year-old black buck poaching case which allegedly took place in Kankani village near here.
Blackbuck is a protected animal and its hunting is a punishable offence. The infamous shooting case dates back to 1998 during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.
Earlier, the SC was scheduled to hear the case on October 28 but later postponed it to November 5.