Salman Khan has been
convicted in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case. However, his quantum of
punishment is still being argued. Salman has been charged under Section 51
of Wildlife Protection Act.
The punishment can be maximum of 6 years. While the prosecutor is trying his best to seek maximum punishment, he has also said that Salman is a repeated offender.
Meanwhile, Salman’s lawyer is defending on the grounds of the actor’s social work.
Yesterday, we told you that Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari had reached Jodhpur for the verdict of the 1998 Blackbuck Poaching Case.
Minutes ago, a Jodhpur trial court convicted the superstar, while acquitting others.
Salman has been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. Arguments in the quantum of punishment are still going on inside the court, however, the superstar could get maximum imprisonment of 7 years.
There are two other accused in the case -- travel agent Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre, Salman's assistant at the time. Gawre is still absconding.
It is said that Salman and some of his co-stars from Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) allegedly went on a hunt and killed an endangered species of blackbuck. This happened when the crew was shooting for a segment of the film in Jodhpur. There were mass protests by the Bishnoi community of the area, and finally a case was lodged against the actors.
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