On the 5th of April, Sallu Bhai was convicted by the Jodhpur Sessions Court in the 1998 Black Buck poaching case. The actor has been sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment and a Rs.10,000 fine under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The case has been reportedly filed by the Bishnoi community of Rajasthan who are known for their love nature and their principles against killing animals and cutting trees.
During the shooting of Suraj Barjatya’s film “Hum Saath Saath Hain” in Jodhpur, the actors- Salman Khan, Neelam, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Tabu are alleged to have hunted 2 black bucks in a village Bhagoda Ki Dhani near Jodhpur. While the other actors have been acquitted, Salman Khan has been found guilty and still awaits his hearing for a bail.
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Salman Khan also faces charges in 2 other poaching cases of a blackbuck and a chinkara in Mathania and Bhawad villages. He has also been accused of having in position an illegal rifle with an expired license.
I am extremely shocked to hear @BeingSalmanKhan being convicted by session court but also having full trust in indian judiciary which has many other doors to appeal for final justice whatsoever. Since He is most loved person by industry N people for his human reasons too.
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) April 5, 2018
The law takes its course. Can’t argue it. But at this point in time I just feel helpless and my heart goes out to @BeingSalmanKhan and his family. Reason, cause the last thing @BeingSalmanKhan is, is a criminal.I feel this is too harsh. I do hope he gets the relief he deserves.
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) April 5, 2018
“If he doesn’t get bail, it’ll be a huge loss. There are only a few superstars who guarantee not just success, but big success,” said Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahta.
Salman Khan is currently filming Race 3 which is set to release on the occasion of Eid in June, other films like Bharat, Dabbang 3 and Kick 2 have also been announced. Salman is also the face of several consumer facing brands and has been roped in for Das ka Dum after 9 years. His sentence might send the entertainment industry in a shock of 800 crores. He still awaits judgement in High Court.