Bringing justice to the 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case, a court in Jodhpur has found actor Salman Khan guilty. Other actors are acquitted from the case.
Finally, justice is served! Salman Khan found guilty in the blackbuck poaching case. Verdict out today.
A Jodhpur court has finally found actor Salman Khan guilty in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Meanwhile, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are acquitted. The fellow stars accompanied Salman on that hunting trip 20 years ago.
After the verdict, the actor’s lawyers are running helter-skelter. They demand Salman Khan’s conviction to be mild. The keepers of law are bargaining for a probation or relaxation of jail-time. Surely as the maximum punishment for this offense is six years.
The court will decide the Salman Khan’s fate soon as he stands trial for the killing of two blackbucks in 1998.
Actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam arrived in the Jodhpur court a little before 11 am when the verdict was pronounced.
Salman Khan’s sisters Alvira and Arpita were also in court.
There was tight security in and around the court with emergency response teams and women commandos at the place.
Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur. The incident took place on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998. The timeline coincides with the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. Salman Khan ‘s booking was under charges of Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors were facing under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.
The killing took place near a village of Bishnois who are passionate about protecting the animals. On hearing the gunshots, the villagers had come out running. Among the villagers, there were 28 witnesses whose participation in the interrogation process made the case lively.
Denying these allegations, the actor’s counsel H.M. Saraswat had said there were several loopholes in the prosecution’s story and it had failed to prove its case beyond any doubt.
The case also involved two more accused, Dushyant Singh, who was allegedly accompanying the actors when the poaching took place, and Dinesh Gawre said to be Salman Khan’s assistant.
Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati shares perspective on the case:
“However, Gawre was to never appear in court. Salman Khan surely made him disappear. Had he been around, there could have been more information available in the case.”