Jodhpur court has found the Indian actor Salman Khan guilty of blackbuck poaching in Rajasthan in 1998. The court has acquitted four accused that included Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam.
Salman Khan Gets Convicted
Media reports suggest that Devkumar Khatri, Jodhpur district presiding officer announced the judgment. The court is expected to sentence the convict shortly. The conviction in blackbuck poaching case might make the actor face one year to six years in Jail.
Argument on quantum of punishment is on. Salman Khan’s counsels are praying for probation: NS Solanki, lawyer of Dushyant Singh who was co-accused in blackbuck poaching case #Jodhpur pic.twitter.com/2G5ahqHFWl
— ANI (@ANI) 5 April 2018
— ANI (@ANI) 5 April 2018
Apart from Salman Khan and his four co-actors other accused include Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre.
#BlackBuckPoachingCase Prosecution lawyer tells media covering the case that quantum of sentence against @BeingSalmanKhan is yet to be pronounced. Arguments on sentence from both sides over. Earlier there were reports of 2 years sentence, which turned out to be false.
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) 5 April 2018
About the Case
According to reports, Salman Khan and his costars are facing accusation for hunting two blackbucks in October 1998 during the shooting of film Hum Saath Saath Hain. The blackbucks found in the western state of Rajasthan are a protected species.
Salman is not the only artist who has recently made news for being convicted in any case. A few days back Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi also remained in headlines for his conviction in the human smuggling case.
Response to Salman Khan’s Conviction
It is very obvious that whenever any celebrity, particularly one that belongs to showbiz gets convicted, it raises debate. In case of Salman Khan, such an incident is not new. In December 2015, the court cleared the superstar in 2002 hit and run case. The acquittal of the actor resulted in a reaction from the public and different groups. People criticized that actor had been spared for being a celebrity, and no justice was done.
But at the same time, there were those who rejected such criticism by saying that there are more significant cases, mainly of political and social nature that need the public attention.
The same sort of kind of response is emerging on behalf of social media users who are either defending the superstar or calling on judicial system for such a delayed conclusion.
— Priya Gupta (@priyagupta999) 5 April 2018
Bajrangi Bhaijan star whose film Tiger Zinda Hai was one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2017, enjoys a huge fan following. Hence, people are coming out in immense support for him.
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2 years JAIL for Salman Khan in Black Buck Poanching case. Slow claps for our Justice system… ?
— Aatiya_❤TzH (@shaikh_aatiya) 5 April 2018