Bollywood actor gets 5 years for killing protected antelopes

Posted April 06, 2018

The actor was also fined Rs. 10,000.

Other actors who were with Khan at the time, Neelam, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Tabu, were acquitted on the benefit of doubt. Salman Khan was facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. While some lauded the move, many considered the sentence by the Jodhpur court as harsh. Khan was also found guilty of killing gazelles on the hunting trip and served a very brief stint in jail in 2006, but was later acquitted on appeal.

Salman Khan, a 52-year-old baby-faced leading man was accused by members of the Bishnoi religious sect in western India of shooting at a group of rare black-and-white antelope on a hunting trip while filming a movie in 1998.

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Today he's considered one of India's biggest celebrities - to the point where he's often mobbed whenever seen in public - and despite his brushes with the law, is still one of Bollywood's biggest draws. He spent a week in a Jodhpur jail before being granted bail.

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The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dev Kumar Khatri, while announcing the verdict, called the actor a "habitual offender".

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Not losing heart, she then quietly tried to scale the wall of the building to reach the first floor apartment complex of the Khans, but was espied by the security guards who informed the Bandra police station. In 2013, a sessions court convicted Salman of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, but he was granted interim bail by the Bombay High Court.

Khan's lawyers are seeking a shorter prison sentence. Four months later, the court suspended the sentence and ordered the actor not to leave the country without formal permission.

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