New Delhi, April 5: Twenty years after he was booked for killing two blackbucks in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted and awarded 5-year jail term by a trial court. Other filmstars, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam who were part of the ‘poaching’ gang, were acquitted by a Jodhpur court.
Announcing its verdict in the 1998 case, the court found Salman Khan guilty under section 9/51 of Wildlife Protection Act for killing an endangered species protected under the Act and slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on him apart from the jail term.
The Wildlife Protection Act
- The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 was formed to protect the plants, animals particularly those on the verge of extinction.
2. Section 51 of the act, under which Salman Khan has been convicted, Any person who commits a breach of any of the conditions of any licence or permit granted under this Act, shall be guilty of an offence against this Act. (Salman Khan Opens Up About How Black Buck Poaching Case Controversy Started In This Throwback Video)
3. On conviction, he/she can be be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend upto three years or fine or with both. The law also mentions certain offence for which the imprisonment shall not be less than three years but may extend to seven years and also includes a fine which shall not be less than Rs 10,000.
4. Section 9 of the said Act prohibits hunting of any wild animal specified under it.
Aqcuitted in Arms case
Salman Khan was acquitted in January, 2017 in an Arms Act case linked to the blackbuck poaching case. The Jodhpur court granted relieve to the ‘Sultan of Bollywood due to lack of sufficient evidence. Salman was accused of possessing an unlicensed .22 rifle and a .32 revolver which he apparently used to kill the two blackbuck in October 1998 during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in Kankani village.
During the hearing of the case, Salman had pleaded not guilty while claiming that the endangered animal died of “natural causes”. He event went on to accuse the forest department officials of framing him.