Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail in a 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case. A fine of Rs 10,000 has also been imposed on the actor by the Jodhpur court. However, actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam have been acquitted in the case.
The 52-year-old actor has been held guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act.
The actor was accused of killing two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain movie.
As it Happened:
Watch: Salman Khan reaches Jodhpur jail, bail hearing to be held tomorrow
07:40 pm: Salman Khan has been given number 106 and is lodged in Ward number 2. He was made to undergo medical test and has no medical issues. He hasn't made any demands. We'll give him jail uniform tomorrow. Multiple-layer security has been put up for his ward: Vikram Singh, Jodhpur DIG (Jail)
06:45 pm: The court can frame charges on probability, but it cannot convict anyone on the basis of probability: Advocate MS Khan to India TV
06:40 pm: I see Salman Khan as a victim in the complete process and see no reason why rest of the four accused have been acquitted in the same matter: Actor Mukesh Tyagi to India TV
06:30 pm: I was hopeful that Salman Khan will be acquitted today, but the judgement in the black buck poaching case was highly shocking: Director Anil Sharma to India TV
05:15 pm: Salman Khan's lawyer questions sentencing, says judgement implies he was hunting alone at midnight
Statement from Salman Khan's Lawyer Anand Desai
"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 1030 tomorrow."
04:30 pm: We are happy for us but we are disappointed for Salman Khan. Justice has not been given properly in this case. I am feeling bad for him: Samir Soni, actor and husband of actress Neelam
03:41 pm: Salman Khan faces threat to life in jail, claims lawyer
03:36 pm: Actor Salman Khan to spend the night in jail.
03:25 pm: I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work: Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha MP on Salman Khan verdict
03:00 pm: A sessions court is expected to hear the bail plea of the actor on Friday morning.
02:54 pm: Salman Khan is being taken for medical examination following which he will be sent to Jodhpur Central Jail.
02:35 pm: After pronouncing verdict, court allows Salman Khan's sister Alvira to meet him.
02:24 pm: Actor Salman Khan will stay either in barrack no. 1 or 2.
02:17 pm: Salman Khan will be sent to Jodhpur Central Jail soon.
02:05 pm: Bollywood actor Salman Khan gets five years in jail in blackbuck poaching case. A fine of Rs 10,000 has also been imposed.
12:52 pm: 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, says Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha state president, Rampal Bhawad.
WATCH VIDEO | Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan convicted, 5 others acquitted by Jodhpur court
12:08 pm: Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre leave Jodhpur court; argument on quantum of punishment for actor Salman Khan continues.
11:47 am: Argument on quantum of punishment for actor Salman Khan continues in blackbuck poaching case.
11:40 am: A fifth person, Dushyant Singh, a local from the area, has also been acquitted, Mahipal Bishnoi, the prosecution counsel said.
11:32 am: Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been taken into judicial custody.
11:25 am: Jodhpur court convicts Bollywood actor Salman Khan in blackbuck poaching case, acquits actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre.
11:05 am: Actor Salman Khan reaches Jodhpur court, verdict expected soon. Actors Sonali Bendre, Tabu, Neelam reach court.
11:02 am: Dressed in a black shirt, Salman reached the court earlier in the morning with his bodyguard.
10:45 am: Actor Saman Khan leaves for Jodhpur court along with his two sisters. Court verdict expected around 11.30 am.
09:50 am: Jodhpur court verdict in blackbuck poaching case expected after 11 am.
Jodhpur: Police personnel deployed outside Jodhpur court ahead of verdict in Blackbuck poaching case. Saif Ali Khan,Neelam & Sonali Bendre's lawyer says,'if they are found guilty then there is equal punishment for all. Maximum punishment will be for six years & minimum one year.' pic.twitter.com/omRMnr3Weh— ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2018
09:30 am: The actor is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act as hunting of blackbucks is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act. Meanwhile, the other actors have been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
09:10 am: The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on March 28. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5 thereafter.
09:02 am: The 52-year-old actor on Wednesday boarded a chartered plane from the Mumbai airport for Jodhpur, after landing from Abu Dhabi, where he went for the shooting for "Race 3", sources close to Salman Khan said. Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu also left for Jodhpur from Mumbai.
08:33 am: "All of them were in a Gypsy car that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat. He, on spotting a herd of blackbucks, shot at and killed two of them," Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had said.
08:12 am: "But on being spotted and chased, they fled from the spot leaving the dead animals there," he said, adding that there was adequate evidence against them.
07:45 am: Refuting these allegations, Salman Khan's counsel HM Saraswat said there were several loopholes in the prosecution's story and it had failed to prove its case beyond any doubt.