Bollywood actor Salman Khan, in a major case, a Jodhpur court on Thursday held him guilty in the two-decade-old blackbuck poaching case while his co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam have been acquitted. Salman has been convicted.
In July, 2016, the Rajasthan High Court had acquitted him.The state had moved the Supreme Court against his acquittal.
A Jodhpur court today convicted Bollywood star Salman Khan for killing two blackbucks in October 1998 but acquitted his colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, a prosecution lawyer said.
A fifth person, Dushyant Singh, a local from the area, has also been acquitted, Mahipal Bishnoi, the prosecution counsel, told reporters.
Salman was found guilty of killing the blackbucks, from the antelope family, in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998, during the shooting of the film "Hum SaathSaath Hain".
Salman, who has been held guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, faces a maximum punishment of six years behind bars.
Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved his judgment.
All the actors were in a Gypsy that night with Salman, 52, in the driving seat. He spotted a herd of blackbucks and killed two of them, the lawyer said.
Dressed in a black shirt, Salman reached the court earlier in the morning with his bodyguard.
The other actors, some of them accompanied by their family members, were also in the courtroom when the verdict was read out.
Asaram Bapu Rape Case Verdict
NEW DELHI: A special trial court found Asaram guilty of the rape of a teenager in 2013.
Asaram was arrested in 2013 from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh after assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his ashram on the outskirts of Jodhpur. He is charged under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Asaram was arrested from Indore and brought to Jodhpur central jail on September 1, 2013. He has been under judicial custody since. The self-styled godman is embroiled in a rape case in Gujarat as well, where two sisters have lodged separate complaints against him and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement. Over the last four years, since the trial began, as many as nine witnesses in the two cases have been attacked. Three of them have died. The 77-year old 'godman' unsuccessfully moved 12 bail applications, of which six were rejected by trial court, three by the Rajasthan High Court and three by the Supreme Court.
Security has been heightened and prohibitory orders issued in Jodhpur apprehending a threat to law and order from Asaram's followers. For the same reason, the trial court decided to pronounce the verdict from Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
Judge Madhusudan Sharma, who pronounced the verdict, has been provided with Z+ security in view of his safety. The police are also seeking support from neighbouring states following reports that Asaram's followers plan to arrive in Jodhpur on or before the verdict.