A Jodhpur court today sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks in October 1998 but acquitted his colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre giving them the benefit of doubt, a prosecution lawyer said.
Meanwhile, animal rights' group Akhil Bharitya Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has announced that it will petition the High Court against the acquittals of the four other actors in the case.
The 52-year-old actor allegedly shot two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of "Hum Saath Saath Hain".
Four other actors who accompanied Salman during the hunt were acquitted of all charges.
He has been found guilty under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which carries maximum punishment of six years and minimum one-year jail term.
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Salman Khan is no doubt one of the biggest stars in India, he is known both at home and overseas.
Mahipal Bishnoi, a prosecuting lawyer, said the court was hearing arguments on the appropriate sentence for the actor.
The court of chief judicial magistrate sentenced him to five years of imprisonment on April 10, 2006. The actor has now been put in the Central Jail and can apply for bail only tomorrow; which means he has no way out but to be behind the bars tonight.
Not losing heart, she then quietly tried to scale the wall of the building to reach the first floor apartment complex of the Khans, but was espied by the security guards who informed the Bandra police station. "Plus it took so long - a person has been on tenterhooks over this case for last two decades, and now suddenly, this huge punishment".
Currently, three big projects - Race 3, Bharat and Dabangg 3 - as well as a comeback season of reality television show Dus Ka Dum are riding on Salman Khan's shoulders.
The blackbuck is an endangered species and is protected under the Indian Wildlife Act. In December 2015 Khan was cleared in a 2002 hit-and-run case in which a homeless man died.