JODHPUR — Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail after being held guilty of killing blackbuck while on a film shoot in Rajasthan some 20 years ago.
A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Salman Khan calling him a ‘habitual offende’ and sent for five years in prison. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has also been levied on him.
The 52-year-old actor was charged in 1998 with hunting the rare antelopes while filming ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. His co-stars in that movie, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, have been acquitted for lack of evidence.
Total three cases in connection with poaching and one under the Arms Act were registered against Salman in October 1998. The actor allegedly shot two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the film shooting.
Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also present in the vehicle Salman allegedly used for hunting the endangered species.
Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and others under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
The ‘Dabangg’ actor was in February 2006 convicted in the blackbuck hunting case, slapped a fine and sentenced to five years in jail. He spent a week in a Jodhpur jail before being granted bail.
The Rajasthan High Court on August 31, 2006, suspended the sentence and ordered the actor to not leave the country without formal permission.
The court, six years later on July 24, 2012, finalised charges against the actor and other accused in the four cases.
On July 25, 2016, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman of all charges in the blackbuck poaching case and said there was no evidence to prove that the endangered animals were shot by the actor’s licensed gun.
Then,the Supreme Court on November 11, 2016, issued a notice to Salman on an appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal in blackbuck poaching case. The apex court had agreed to fast-track the case.
In January 2017, Salman Khan was acquitted by a Jodhpur court in the Arms Act case.
With ANI Inputs
Korean Pop Cover Dance Competition -2018 to be held in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU- Korean Pop Cover Dance Competition -2018 is to be held in the capital on December 14 with the objective of cultural exchange between Nepal and Korea by means of dance.
The dance competition is taking place at the Rastriya Naachghar at Jamal at 1 pm on December 14. Twenty six dance groups are competing in the contest being organized by Struck Pop in association with Youth for Change.
The Invincible Events and Management is managing the event.
The 26 dance troupes were selected from total 150 groups through the first selection round held in Butwal, Narayangadh, Dharan, Pokhara and Kathmandu.
The team coming out first in the competition will bag Rs 30,000; the team standing second Rs 20,000 and the team coming third Rs 10,000, the founding director of Struck Pop, Sresh Moktan, said.
Struck Pop is a Korean dance troupe constituted in 2015. It has been carrying out various activities related to Korean dance since its inception.