4/6/2018 3:21:46 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Actor Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in jail by a court in Rajasthan on April 5 for killing two black bucks in Kankani village, near Jodhpur, in October 1998. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) Dev Kumar Khatri acquitted all the others accused in the case — actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, and Dushyant Singh, a resident of the area.
“After the court convicted Khan under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs10,000,” said Mahipal Bishnoi, counsel for the Bishnoi community. “We had asked for maximum punishment available under the provisions of the Act, which is six years, but the court sentenced him to five years,” he said. He said the prosecution’s main argument was that Khan was a habitual offender.
According to the prosecution, on the night of October 1, 1998, Khan was driving a Gypsy when he spotted a herd of black bucks in Kankani village and killed two of them. The others accused were with him in the vehicle. The actors were shooting for the film, Hum Saath Saath Hain, in the area. Black buck is an endangered animal and included in Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Shortly after the sentence was pronounced, the actor was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail. His lawyers have filed a bail application, which will be heard on April 7.