Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan Found Guilty In 1998 Poaching Case!

Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan Found Guilty In 1998 Poaching Case!

Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan Found Guilty In 1998 Poaching Case!

After a legal battle that lasted almost 20 years, a prominent Bollywood actor once seen by many as above the law was convicted of poaching two endangered blackbuck antelopes and sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2013, the Rajasthan government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the previous decision to acquit Khan, and by November 2016 the Supreme Court agreed to fast track the government's plea.

Khan killed the two blackbucks, a protected species, in the western state of Rajasthan while shooting a film.

The actor was also fined a relatively small sum of money - 10,000 rupees ($150, €125).

Mumbai: A teenaged girl from a village in Madhya Pradesh attempted to scale the walls of Galaxy Apartments in Bandra West to meet her idol Salman Khan, but was prevented by security personnel, a police officrt said here on Wednesday.

The offense carries a maximum of six years of jail.

Four other Bollywood stars - Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari - were also accused of taking part in the hunting trip but were acquitted for lack of evidence.

He has been one of the industry's highest earning stars for nearly three decades since his debut film "Biwi ho to Aisi" in 1988. "He should get some relief from the higher court on grounds of the social work that he has done".

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reportedly described the star as an "habitual offender" as he was sentenced.

In 2007, Salman had spent a week in Jodhpur jail before the court granted him bail.

Khan has always been known as one of Bollywood's bad boys and has been in trouble with the law before. "Plus it took so long - a person has been on tenterhooks over this case for last two decades, and now suddenly, this huge punishment".

The son of Indian screenwriter Salim Khan, Salman Khan made his movie debut in 1988, and his career took off shortly after. Salman and other actors were present in the court at the time of the verdict. At the time of announcing the order, Salman would have to be in a court.

In December 2015, Khan was acquitted of running over and killing five homeless people with his SUV in 2002 after the prosecution "failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt" that he was behind the wheel.

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