Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case: Shilpa Shinde, Arjun Rampal express shock

Salman Khan sentenced to a 5-year jail term in blackbuck poaching case.

Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case: Shilpa Shinde, Arjun Rampal express shock
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New Delhi: Superstar Salman Khan has been convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case and sentenced to a 5-year jail term by the Jodhpur sessions court. However, the court acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, giving them 'giving them the "benefit of doubt'.

The 52-year-old actor has been taken to Jodhpur Central jail and will be spending the night there. Because the sentence is more than three years, Salman will have to appeal to the higher court for bail, as per PTI report.

This is his fourth stint in the Jodhpur Central Jail. He has earlier spent a total of 18 days in the jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007, all for cases of poaching.

After the verdict was announced, social media was flooded with reactions. Several celebrities took to Twitter and express 'shock' over the jail term.

The Jodhpur sessions court sentenced him to five years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000, prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said. Held guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, he had faced a maximum punishment of six years behind bars.

The actor shot and killed the blackbucks, from the antelope family, in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998, during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.

(With PTI inputs)

 

 

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