Salman Khan was found guilty in today’s hearing at the Jodhpur Court for the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were acquitted while Salman was sentenced to five years of jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000.
Salman’s lawyer Anand Desai issued a statement regarding the same.
The statement reads, “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 CGM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offense 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.”
A leading news agency also tweeted about tomorrow’s bail application hearing saying, “Hearing in the bail application of #SalmanKhan in #BlackBuckPoachingCase to take place tomorrow in Jodhpur Session Court.”
For the uninitiated, Salman and the others were accused of hunting and killing two blackbucks in 1998 in Rajasthan’s Kankani while the actors were the state for a film shoot. Blackbucks are endangered species and hunting them is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.