Actor Salman Khan was found guilty on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars – Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, and Neelam – were acquitted of all charges.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the verdict in the case that had been underway for 20 years, called the actor a ‘habitual offender’. Judge Khatri ruled that hence the actor has been convicted, while the others have been given the benefit of the doubt.
After the conviction court announced the quantum of punishment and sentences him 5 years in jail.
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
Arguments were in progress in the court regarding the quantum of punishment for Salman.
Salman was accused in the case which took place while he was shooting for the film “Hum Saath-Saath Hain” in 1998.
Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars.
Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation.