Actor Salman Khan has been convicted in blackbuck poaching case and sentenced 5 years of prison time although others accused have been acquitted.
A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The other actors – Tabu, Neelam, Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre have been acquitted.
Now the legal consular of Salman Khan, Mr. Anand Desai has issued a statement stating that they respect court’s decision but preparing an appeal and the actor will be granted tomorrow.
The statement read, “We respect the decision of the Hon’ble Court. While we are studying the judgement it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan in two cases, and even by the Hon’ble CJM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offence on the very same night as is the subject matter of the present case”
“Also, in the present case, the Hon’ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon’ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today. The Hon’ble Sessions Court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence/bail at 1030 tomorrow”
Salman has been accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998. He was in Jodhpur then along with his co-stars to shoot Sooraj Barjatya’s movie Hum Saath Saath Hain.