Yesterday, the Jodhpur trial court pronounced the verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case that involves actors Salman KhanSaif Ali KhanTabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre. Reportedly, the court convicted Salman Khan, while acquitting other accused (Saif, Tabu Sonali) in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Salman has got convicted for 5 years after a 20-year trial, which drew mixed reactions from his peers in the film industry and fans. While some feel it is harsh to punish someone for his crime after 20 years, others feel conviction was fair and long overdue.

However, Bollywood was quick to react to the news of Salman Khan being convicted in the blackbuck poaching case. From filmmaker Subhash Ghai to veteran Bollywood actress Jaya Bachchan, many expressed their thoughts about the actor being handed a five-year jail term. While many from the industry are hoping for Salman’s release, Bollywood star Varun Dhawan too took to his micro-blogging site to share a post, which read, “I know for a fact that Salman bhai and his family have the utmost respect and faith in our judiciary system. @BeingSalmanKhan is one of the strongest and most genuine people I know and I’m sure he will come out of this stronger.”

Check out Varun Dhawan’s tweet here:

The 52-year-old had earlier pleaded innocence in the case(in January 2017); he had pleaded not guilty and said in a statement, “Only the first forensic report of Dr Nepalia saying that the animal died of ‘natural causes’ was true and the rest of the evidence is false.” Well, yesterday (on April 5, 2018), Jodhpur District Presiding Officer Devkumar Khatri pronounced the judgment in the 20-year-old blackbuck hunting case. ALSO READ: Salman Khan Convicted In Blackbuck Poaching Case: Twitter Outrage After Court Lets Off Saif, Tabu, Sonali, Neelam

On the professional front, Varun Dhawan is enjoying a good time professionally. His last two films Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Judwaa 2 have earned more than Rs 120 crore each. Varun will be next seen in YRF’s Sui Dhaaga alongside Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release in October 2018 while the film ‘October’ will release on April 13, 2018. Watch this space for further updates.