Jodhpur, April 17: The Jodhpur District and Sessions Court has granted filmstar Salman Khan to travel abroad. The actor would be travelling to the US, Canada and Nepal from May 25 to July 10. He had to seek the court’s permission as according to a condition of his bail, granted on April 7, following his conviction in the 1998 black buck poaching case, forbade him from travelling abroad. He also had to appear in court on May 7 and furnish two bonds of Rs 25,000 each.
Salman was sentenced to five years in jail along with a fine of Rs 10,000 following his conviction even as his co-accused and fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre walked free for lack of evidence against them. The case pertained to hunting and killing of two black bucks on the intervening night of October 1 and 2 in 1998. During the shooting of their film Hum Saath Saath Hain in Kankani village near Jodhpur, the actors had stepped out and hunted down two black bucks. DNA tests had confirmed that the animals killed were indeed the endangered species and there hunting was prohibited by law.
Salman was booked under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. In 2016, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted him of all charges but the state government appealed in the Supreme Court against the decision. The apex court then agreed to fast-track the case.