Salman Khan convicted in poaching case

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Friday, Apr 06, 2018

Salman Khan convicted in poaching case

A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Bollywood actor Salman Khanthe infamous blackbuck poaching case of 1998. The other accused - Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre - were acquitted by the court.

Justice Dev Kumar Khatri pronounced the verdict in the 20-year-old case. The film stars were accused of poaching black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Bollywood film Hum Saath Saath Hain. 

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. 

Apart from the actors, travel agent Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre were also accused in the case. The latter was Salman's assistant at the time and is said to be on the run. The trial against only the other six had been completed.

The accused were charged with hunting and killing two blackbucks, which are protected animals under the Wildlife Protection Act. The deer were allegedly poached near a village of Bishnois, a community which is known for revering and protecting the blackbuck.

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