The Tiger in the Cage – Here’s All you need to know about Salman Khan’s Blackbuck case

By | April 5, 2018
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Salman Khan, one of India’s biggest stars, has been sentenced to five years in jail on 5-4-2018 for killing two endangered Black Bucks in Rajasthan 20 years ago.

Salman Khan, the 52-year-old actor was declared guilty by a judge for hunting the rare antelopes in forests near Jodhpur. His bail request will be heard tomorrow. His co-stars in the movie, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari, were acquitted. The actor has also been assigned inmate number 106 at the Jodhpur Central Jail.

Facts

In 1998, while filming for Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain, Salman Khan along with his co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were charged with poaching blackbucks near Kankani village in Jodhpur. Blackbucks or the Indian antelope is a kind of endangered species that are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.

According to reports, Salman Khan and his co-stars went for an alleged hunting session during the shooting of the film and killed two blackbucks. Bishnoi claims that he heard Salman’s co-actors telling him to shoot at a herd of blackbucks which Salman did. He killed two blackbucks, the witness alleges. All allegedly fled the spot when spotted by Bishnoi, leaving behind the carcasses of the blackbucks. Bishnoi claims he noted down the number of the jeep and informed the forest department. The forest department recovered the carcasses of black bucks. A forensic report said that the blood samples obtained from Salman’s car matched with those the blackbuck.

However, the defense claims the account is fabricated, evidence tampered and witnesses fake. The defense has pointed out several loopholes. It claims the prosecution has failed to prove that the blackbucks were killed by gunshots.

This is the last of the three poaching cases against the actor from 1998 being heard at Jodhpur trial court. He was convicted in two poaching cases by the trial court, only to be acquitted by the Rajasthan high court later.

What is Happening Now

Bollywood star Salman Khan will spend a night at the Jodhpur Central Jail after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a court here in connection with the killing of two endangered blackbucks in 1998. The actor was taken, amid tight security, to the jail, which houses known names like rape-accused Asaram Bapu, Malkhan Singh Vishnoi — accused in Bhanwari Devi murder case — and Shambhu Lal Regar, the man recently arrested for killing a Muslim migrant and filming the act.

Salman’s bail papers have been prepared and the hearing on his bail application will take place on Friday morning in the Jodhpur sessions court.

If the bail does not come through, Salman will have to stay in jail for three more days, as the weekend follows.

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