The Jodhpur Court today sentenced Salman Khan to a five-year jail term in the blackbuck poaching case. While the superstar was awarded the sentence, the other actors involved in the case namely Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre, Tabu have been acquitted. Salman will have to spend the night in the Central Jail in Jodhpur as his bail hearing is to happen at 10:30 am tomorrow. Salman’s lawyer Anand Desai has also said that they will appeal to the Sessions Court for the suspension of the sentence announced today. (ALSO READ: Video: Fans Go Crazy As Salman Khan Reaches Jodhpur Jail For His Sentence In The Blackbuck Poaching Case )
He said, “We respect the decision of the Hon’ble Court. While we are studying the judgement it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan in two cases, and even by the Hon’ble CJM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offence on the very same night as is the subject matter of the present case. Also, in the present case the Hon’ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon’ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today. The Hon’ble Sessions Court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence/bail at 10:30 tomorrow.”
On the other hand, the Bishnoi community which protects blackbucks has decided to appeal against the other actors who were acquited today. Salman has been convicted by the Jodhpur Court under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which carries maximum punishment of six years and minimum one-year jail term.