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Salman Khan sentenced to five years in poaching case, others acquitted

Currently, three big movie projects -- "Race 3", "Bharat" and "Dabangg 3" -- as well as a comeback season of reality TV show "Dus Ka Dum" are riding on Salman's shoulders

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  • Salman Khan was sentenced five years of imprisonment
  • The imprisonment is due to 1998 blackbuck poaching case
  • He was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a court here on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while the other four co-accused stars — Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam — were acquitted of all charges.

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Salman Khan will face 5 years time in jail. Wikimedia Commons

Salman, 52, was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, hunting of which is prohibited by law. The incident took place in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Bollywood film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

The actor is being taken to Jodhpur Central Jail. If the sentence was less than three years of jail, the actor could have applied for bail in the same court. However, he will now have to approach the sessions court for bail.

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The actor’s case was represented by defence counsel Hastimal Saraswat. The judgement was pronounced by Chief Justice Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri at a hearing attended by Salman’s sisters Alvira and Arpita. The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.

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The actor has been taken to jail in Jodhpur.Wikimedia Commons

Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation. Currently, three big movie projects — “Race 3”, “Bharat” and “Dabangg 3” — as well as a comeback season of reality TV show “Dus Ka Dum” are riding on Salman’s shoulders. IANS.

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“My Dad Has Never Trusted My Scripts”, Says Salman Khan

Salman took up the role of cop Chulbul Pandey in 2010 with "Dabangg". He returns as the maverick police officer in "Dabangg 3" on December 20

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Salman recalled: "I hardly ever shared scripts with him because he never trusted my scripts. Woh bus kehte the pitegi (he would just say that the film will be a flop)". Wikimedia Commons

Salman Khan says his father and famous screenwriter, Salim Khan, never trusted the superstar’s scripts.

Salman and the team of his upcoming film “Dabangg 3” recently shot for “The Kapil Sharma Show”.

Kapil asked Salman if he shows his scripts to his father before finalising them. Salman said: “I didn’t narrate him the entire script of ‘Dabangg 3’ but I told him half of the script towards the end, and he very much loved it.”

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Salman Khan says his father and famous screenwriter, Salim Khan, never trusted the superstar’s scripts. Wikimedia Commons

Salman recalled: “I hardly ever shared scripts with him because he never trusted my scripts. Woh bus kehte the pitegi (he would just say that the film will be a flop).”

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Salman took up the role of cop Chulbul Pandey in 2010 with “Dabangg”. He returns as the maverick police officer in “Dabangg 3” on December 20. (IANS)