Blackbuck Case: Salman Convicted; Saif, Sonali, Tabu, Neelam Acquitted

The verdict in the 1998 Blackbuck Poaching Case has been announced. Salman Khan has been convicted while Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari have been let off

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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