A Jodhpur court today pronounced verdict in the 19-year-old blackbuck poaching case and convicted Salman Khan, sentencing him to five years in prison. Other accused – Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu – were given the benefit of doubt and acquitted.
The actor wrapped the Abu Dhabi schedule of Race 3 on Tuesday and arrived in Jodhpur a day before the hearing. All the actors were present in court when the verdict was read out.
Salman Khan was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.
Salman Khan was sent to Jodhpur Central Jail, which already has rape accused godman Asaram, Rajsamand’s hate-murder accused Shambhu Lal Raigar, and gang men of notorious gangster Lawrence Bishnoi who once threatened to kill Salman.