Bollywood star Salman Khan faces up to six years in prison after he was found guilty of poaching of a protected species of Indian antelope in a case that dates back to two decades.
The Rajasthan court said that Khan, one of the best-paid actors in the world, was convicted of illegally hunting two blackbucks from the window of a car while filming in Jodhpur in 1998.
Other also include “Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre”
Public prosecutors claimed that Khan, 52, and four other actors in the car with him had fled the scene when they appeared and left the body of the animals.
Other actors, including Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, were jailed Thursday in Jodhpur for lack of evidence.
Khan faces between one and six years in prison for violating the Indian nature conservation law, which prohibits the killing of all but a handful of wild animals without special permission. His sentence will be announced later on Thursday.
Hundreds of policemen surrounded the courtroom in Jodhpur to keep back the fans of the actor who is known for his evil guy and macho roles.
Khan has long argued that he was framed in the case by forest officials.
At the time of poaching, blackbucks were considered a vulnerable animal, but since then they have been reclassified as the smallest species, although they remain protected by Indian wildlife regulations
Khan has a history of brushes with the law. In 2015, he was freed from the killing of the homeless in 2002, a decision now being challenged in the Supreme Court.
In the late nineties, his former girlfriend Aishwarya Rai accused Khan of verbal and physical abuse of police complaints.
Khan was arrested for the first time in October 1998 after reports of hunting two antelopes and at least three other gazels.
killing a blackbucks and sentenced to five years
Eight years later he was convicted of killing a blackbucks and sentenced to five years in prison, a decision he appealed to the Rajasthan High Court, which suspended the verdict in August 2007 after the actor spent two brief clashes in jail.
Fees have been revised and corrected in the following year and over the past decade hung over Khan, which prevents him from obtaining a British visa in 2013 until the government in Rajasthan asks the court to give him space for travel.
In 2016 he was exempted from the separate burgeoning fees for gazels.
Cases in India’s overloaded legal systems may take years to be processed, but persistent charges of poaching can not reassure Khan’s appeal. Last year, he earned $ 37 million last year, according to Forbes, the second-highest paid artist after Shah Rukh khan.
His latest film, Tiger Zinda Hai, about a soldier who goes to Iraq to save hostages from an Islamic state, has earned around $ 85 million worldwide.