Salman Khan gets five years jail for killing two blackbucks

Salman Khan gets five years jail for killing two blackbucks

Salman Khan gets five years jail for killing two blackbucks

Chief judicial magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reportedly described the star as a "habitual offender" as he was sentenced on Thursday.

Khan plans to appeal the verdict to the Supreme court, but until then he will be in prison.

The hero spent first a morning in Jodhpur Central Jail, where his co-star Preity Zinta and his sisters, Alvira and Arpita hold meetings with him for 20 and 25 minutes respectively. The animals knowns as blackbuck are part of an endangered species of antelope.

Fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, and Jodhpur resident Dushyant Singh have been given the benefit of doubt and acquitted as co-accused.

The incident happened in the village of Kankani, near Jodhpur, in western India, when the cast had gathered to shoot Indian family drama "Hum Saath Saath Hain".

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In 2016, Khan was acquitted by another court of Rajasthan in a separate case related to the poaching of gazelles.

Hundreds of fans and supporters celebrated the bail decision by cheering and setting off firecrackers outside the court Saturday in the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur.

He arrived for the proceedings wearing a black shirt and dark sunglasses in a white SUV, flanked by security.

The actor may not leave the country without the court's permission, Mahipal Bishnoi, a lawyer for the Bishnoi community, told reporters.

"They are praying for probation, they are emphasising on the minimum sentence", he said.

Khan has had other run-ins with the law. Salman Khan is also facing a hit and run case wherein he was accused of killing a homeless man in 2002 when he allegedly drove his auto on the pavement in Mumbai in a drunken state.

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