A Jodhpur court today sentenced Salman Khan to a five-year jail term in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Other accused co-stars- Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam acquitted in the same.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri called the actor a ‘habitual offender’ while pronouncing the verdict in the case.
Salman Khan has been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. Other acquitted actors were charged under Section 51 and Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Bishnoi Community had expressed displeasure at other actors being acquitted.
Following is quick recap of how the case panned out over the past 20 years-
April 5,2018– Salman Khan got 5-year jail term. Other co-stars acquitted.
April 4, 2018: All the cast of film ‘ Hum Saath Saath Hain’ namely, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam reached Jodhpur.
March 28, 2018: Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court. Final judgement reserved to Chief Justice Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri.
February 15,2018: Salman’s Lawyer refused to produce evidence. During recording of the statement on January 27, Salman pleaded innocence and had expressed interest in producing evidence in his defense. But the, his lawyer – Hashtiman Saraswat said, there was no need to produce any evidence in defense as all of them have already been produced in the court to prove his innocence.
November 11,2016: The Supreme Court agrees to fast-track a plea filed by the Rajasthan Government in the two cases of blackbuck and Chinkara poaching case against Salman.
October 19,2016: The Rajasthan government files an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision of acquitting actor Salman Khan in two cases of chinkara poaching, which happened back in 1998.
July 25,2016: The High Court said that there was no evidence to prove that the animals who were found dead were shot by the actor’s licensed gun.
July 9,2014: The Supreme Court issues a notice to the actor on the Rajasthan government’s plea challenging an earlier Rajasthan High Court order that had suspended his conviction.
July 24, 2012: The Rajasthan Court finalizes charges against all accused in the blackbuck poaching case and paves the way for a trial.
August 31,2007: The Rajasthan High Court sentences the actor to five years in prison, which was suspended a week later on his appeal.
April 10,2006: Salman Khan convicted in the hunting case by one of the trial courts under the Wildlife Protection Act. Salman is fined Rs. 25,000 and also, sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment.
October 12,1998: Salman Khan arrested in the connection with the poaching of endangered animals, and granted bail.
October 2,1998: The Bishnoi villagers registered a compliant against Salman Khan and his ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ co-actors regarding poaching.
September 1998: During the shoot of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’, Salman khan along with Saif, Tabu, Sonali and Neelam allegedly hunted down two blackbucks in the Kankani village, Rajasthan.