Salman gets 5-year jail term in blackbuck killing case

Salman Khan heads to Jodhpur with sister Arpita Khan Sharma and nephew Ahil for a hearing on the poaching case

Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday in the 20-year old blackbuck poaching case.

Salman was sentenced to five years imprisonment for killing two blackbucks in Kankani village, near Jodhpur, during the shooting of "Hum Saath Saath Hain".

The actor, who played Salman's father in "Hum Saath Saath Hain" said the conviction is a "sad news" for the film industry.

Salman was also fined Rs 10,000. They were in the jeep that Salman Khan was believed to be driving during the hunt.

While Salman is convicted, other accused including Tabu, Neelam, Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre have been acquitted by the court.

The local Bishnoi Sabha, a community in Rajasthan committed to protecting the blackbucks, has made a decision to appeal against other acquittals, said the local media.

In another case, Salman was accused of killing two chinkaras in Bhawad and one in Mathania.

The actor was arrested soon after the verdict and was sent to Jodhpur Central Jail.

The Rajasthan High Court on August 31, 2006, suspended the sentence and ordered the actor to not leave the country without formal permission.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

# Salman Khan's sisters Alvira, Arpita and bodyguard Shera reaches Jodhpur court.

Held guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, he had faced a maximum punishment of six years behind bars. While the final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for Thursday. "We will now work to get the government challenge the acquittal of others", said Ramniwas, a member of the Bishnoi community. According to News18, when lawyers showed the victory sign, reporters believed it to be two years.

In October 1998, total three cases in connection with poaching and one under the Arms Act were registered against Salman.

Salman also had a jail stint in Mumbai when he was also involved in a hit and run.

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