Blackbuck verdict after 20 years: Jodhpur Court convicts Salman Khan, acquits others


Radhika Dhawad | Apr 5, 2018 6:34

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Salman Khan (Photo by: Himanshu Pal)

Jodhpur Court on Thursday (April 5, 2018) convicted actor Salman Khan while it acquitted co-accused Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre in the 1998 blackbuck killing case in Jodhpur.

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Salman Khan outside Jodhpur court during the hearing of Blackbuck case

Salman, who was convicted by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, faced charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which has a maximum punishment of six years.

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Salman Khan outside Jodhpur court during the hearing of Blackbuck case

The other actors, who were acquitted, had been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

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L to R: Sonali Bendre, Sameer Soni and Tabu outside Jodhpur court during the hearing of Blackbuck case
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Saif Ali Khan outside Jodhpur court during the hearing of Blackbuck case

Salman had been accused of killing two blackbucks (that are considered sacred by the Bishnoi community) in a village in Jodhpur while shooting Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hai on October 2, 1998.