Jodhpur: A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted actor Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case and pronounced a five-year jail term to the 52-year-old actor while acquitted other four actors in the case.
Actor Salman Khan was found guilty on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars — Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam — were acquitted of all charges.
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28. Arguments were in progress in the court regarding the quantum of punishment for Salman.
The blackbuck is an endangered species and is protected under the Indian Wildlife Act. The poaching had taken place near a village of Bishnois, a community that revers blackbuck and is passionate about protecting these animals.
On the night of October 1, 1998, the Bishnoi villagers, on hearing gunshots, came out running from their huts. They allege that they chased the Gypsy that Salman Khan was driving, and that the actor fled. Deer carcass was found at the spot from where the actors drove away. The Bishnois were key witnesses in the case against Salman Khan.