Indian Court Jails Bollywood Star Khan For Five Years For Poaching

Indian Court Jails Bollywood Star Khan For Five Years For Poaching

Indian Court Jails Bollywood Star Khan For Five Years For Poaching

A court in India Thursday sentenced leading Bollywood actor Salman Khan to five years in jail for poaching rare antelopes in western state of Rajasthan almost two decades back.

The Rajasthan High Court on August 31, 2006, suspended the sentence and ordered the actor to not leave the country without formal permission.

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

The Prosecutor lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said, "The court has given a five-year jail term and fined Salman Khan 10,000 rupees ($150)".

"We have made special security arrangements in the jail for Salman Khan", superintendent of Jodhpur Central Jail Vikram Singh said.

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charge, and insisted the evidence presented against him was "false", according to The Hindu news website. Khan's lawyers argued for probation and pleading to a minimum sentence.

On the night of October 1, 1998, Salman and his co-stars in the film, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, allegedly went out in a Gypsy.

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He remains one of Bollywood's biggest draws, starring in more than 100 films and television shows.

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

Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, after which chief judicial magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5.

Interestingly, Salman's star has not dimmed despite his many brushes with the law. "He should get some relief from the higher court on grounds of the social work that he has done". The community has pursued the case against Khan for nearly two decades and cheered the decision by setting off firecrackers near the courthouse and handing out candies.

Born 27 December 1965 in Indore, India, Salman Khan is an Indian actor, producer, singer and TV star. He launched a charity called Being Human - The Salman Khan Foundation that took on various health and education initiatives and was seen participating in various philanthropic activities.

Killing endangered antelope isn't the only time Salman has hit headlines.

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