After 19 years, Salman Khan found guilty in blackbuck poaching case

Actor Salman Khan on Thursday was found guilty in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case by a court in Jodhpur.

The co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu were acquitted. Salman was accused of killing two blackbucks on October 2, 1998 in Kankani village in Jodhpur during the shooting of movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

The trial of the case has been in progress for the last 19 years and Judge Dev Kumar Khatri reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28. If convicted Salman, who has been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, may face six years imprisonment.

Salman was convicted in one of the cases in 2006 and was sentenced to five years in jail. While the actor spent a week in jail, the sentence was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court.

The actor was also booked under the Arms Act as the licence of the gun he allegedly used while hunting had expired. However, the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.

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