Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for poaching a protected species of Indian antelope - marking a dramatic development in a highly publicized case that has spanned nearly 20 years.
The 52-year-old actor killed the two blackbucks - a protected species - near a remote village in Rajasthan's city of Jodhpur late on october 1 night in 1998 while shooting a movie. Yesterday, his lawyer HM Saraswat filed a bail application in the sessions court immediately after the sentencing, and on the same premises.
Four other stars also accused in the case - Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam - were acquitted by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri. Ahuja was on his way to becoming the next big thing in Bollywood with his brooding turn in films such as Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Gangster but his career went south when his domestic help accused him of rape in 2009.
The actor insists he is innocent.
Preity Zinta also met Salman Khan's sisters Alvira Agnihotri and Arpita Khan Sharma and offered her support to them in the hard times.
Salman Khan is lined with many high budget projects, as it is known that Salman Khan's next film is Race 3 and the shooting of the film is going on but it is not been confirmed that had Salman Khan completed his portion of Remo D'Souza's film. He argued that no investigation in any of the cases of poaching proved that Salman used firearms.
According to a Times Now report, Khan's lawyer, Mahesh Bora, claimed to have received threat calls last night. "We will now work to get the government challenge the acquittal of others", said Ramniwas, a member of the Bishnoi community.
After a thorough medical check-up, the actor was given a blanket and allotted ward number 2 to spend the night.
Khan, 52, was found guilty of violating wildlife laws by murdering a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope, in 1998.
Jodhpur: A Jodhpur Sessions Court on Friday reserved order of Salman Khan's bail plea till Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
Not only Bollywood, but celebrities and personalities from Pakistan have also expressed their shock and concern about the sentence for the actor.
In these two cases pertaining to the Wildlife Protection Act, the Rajasthan high court acquitted the actor in July, 2016.