Jodhpur, Apr 5: A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Salman Khan in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case by a Jodhpur court. The other actors — Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam — were acquitted. The 52-year-old Dabangg actor was found guilty of all the charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and Arms Act. Click here to catch live updates on Blackbuck poaching case hearing.
The sentencing in the Blackbuck poaching case will be pronounced shortly. “We’ll analyse the judgement. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted and we also demand maximum punishment for Salman Khan,” Rampal Bhawad, State President, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha, told ANI.
The actor killed is accused of killing two Blackbucks when he, along with other actors, was shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain. The actor killed the blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the October 1-2. Other actors, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam who have been acquitted in the case, were also present with Salman Khan during the hunting session.
Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had then alleged that all the actors were Gypsy car that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat; they all fled on being spotted and chased leaving the dead animals behind. To which, counsel HM Saraswat had argued that the prosecution failed to prove any charge, and it had been fabricating evidence.
The Blackbuck killing angered the Bishnoi community which filed a complaint against the actor and one local involved in the hunting and shooting at the blackbucks. Final arguments of the case were completed on March 28 after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reserved the hearing in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case for April 5.