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Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case updates: Tight security around actor's cell in Jodhpur jail

A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.

FP Staff April 06, 2018 08:57:23 IST
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Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case updates: Tight security around actor's cell in Jodhpur jail

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12:38 (ist)

When Salman Khan makes a mistake, it is 'blown out of proportion', says filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar

"Salman is one guy who is ready to take the rap. He is ready to take the rap, the blame (on himself). He is human at the end of the day. Who doesn't make a mistake? I definitely make a mistake. But when he makes a mistake, it is blown out of proportion," actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar told PTI.

Manjrekar and Salman have worked together in films such as Wanted, Dabangg, Ready and Jai Ho among others.

"Salman is more than a friend to me. I don't know what transpired (in the case), the courts are there to decide. But today if you ask me what is your wish, I would say he should be released tomorrow. He doesn't deserve to be in jail. From two days my wife is asking me what is going to happen, and I am like, he will be out soon," he added.

08:38 (ist)

Crucial witness failed to identify Tabu, Sonali Bendre in court, resulting in their acquittal

It was during a cross examination in the blackbuck poaching case trial that a crucial witness and complainant Poonamchand Bishnoi failed to identify Tabu and Sonali Bendre in court, that helped in the actors' acquittal on Thursday, reported The Times of India

According to the report, defence counsel Shrikant Shivade produced Tabu and Sonali in court one day and asked Bishnoi to identify the two women. He couldn't do so. When the court asked Bishnoi why he couldn't identify them even though he named them in his complaint, he replied that their unassuming attire of white salwar-kameez confused him. This helped boost Shivade's case that Bishnoi was not at the site of the killing but 150 metres away from it. The defence also added it would have been impossible to recognise people in the vehicle's glare. 

08:16 (ist)

Salman Khan's family likely to meet him today

According to India Todaythe convicted actor's family will be allowed to meet him on Friday. His lawyers are free to meet him at anytime. 

08:13 (ist)

Blackbuck population in Rajasthan has grown in last 20 years

Since actor Salman Khan was booked for killing two blackbuck in 1998, the endangered species population in Rajasthan has increased substantially in the last 20 years, reported The Indian Express

In 2007, the total number of blackbuck in the state stood at 14,701; in 2016, the number rose to 30,530 in 2016, as per the wildlife census of the Rajasthan forest department. 

16:35 (ist)

Tight security measures in place around Salman's cell

As Salman entered Jodhpur Central Jail following the verdict a while ago, tight measures have been kept in place around the cell and the prison. As a Firstpost author says, "There is no bigger relief than to see convicts serve punishments they deserve. It not only establishes the rule of law, but also acts as a deterrent for society. If Khan manages to walk away again without serving his sentence, it would indeed be a travesty of justice."

16:04 (ist)

What actor's 5-year-jail sentence means for Bollywood

While Salman's immediate future isn't clear, what is certain is that Bollywood will suffer a dent in its economic activity when it pertains to projects the megastar is involved in. If the worst were to happen — meaning that Salman will have to serve his jail tenure — then it would be another blow to an industry that is already suffering under piracy, streaming services, and Hollywood superheroes. Salman now has four films lined up — namely, Race 3, Bharat, Kick 2 and Dabangg 3 — and a TV game show, Dus Ka Dum.

While Bharat, Kick 2, and Dabangg 3 are yet to go on the floors, Race 3 is on the verge of completion and only a small part of the shooting remains. The absence of Salman from the horizon of Bollywood for a period is bound to spell disaster for single screen theatres which look forward eagerly to his every release.

15:28 (ist)

Bishnoi eyewitness nailed the actor

The Bishnoi community continued the fight for 20 years and are celebrating the verdict. The perseverance and determination for the fight stems from the fact that the black buck is an integral part of the Bishnoi culture. While many may criticise the verdict as the court trying to set a strong precedence, the Bishnoi Sabha, which has been the primary complainant in this case, has also decided to appeal against the acquittal of the other four actors. The Bishnois, a prosperous and influential group residing primarily in Rajasthan, are unwilling to forget and forgive Salman for his alleged crimes, especially his acquittal in the chinkara poaching case.

15:08 (ist)

Warrant issued, Salman Khan on his way to Jodhpur jail: DCP East Jodhpur, Amandeep tells CNN-News18

​​Salman Khan is now on his way to Jodhpur jail, DCP East Jodhpur, Amandeep, informed CNN-News 18. Salman was taken into custody after the sentence was pronounced and he will undergo a medical examination. An arrest warrant was being processed for the actor, and reports state that he will be taken to Jodhpur Central Jail. 

13:04 (ist)

'Demand maximum punishment for Salman': Bishnoi Sanstha state chief Rampal Bhawad

Speaking to ANI, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha state chief Rampal Bhawad said: "We'll analyse the judgement. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted and we also demand maximum punishment for Salman Khan."

09:24 (ist)

'If found guilty, equal punishment for Saif, Neelam, Sonali'

Speaking to ANISaif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sanali Bendre's lawyer said: "If they are found guilty, then there is equal punishment for all. Maximum punishment will be for six years and minimum one year."

08:09 (ist)

Fan misbehaves with actor Tabu upon her arrival in Jodhpur 

According to a report, a fan forcibly made his way into the security guards' circle and misbehaved with the actor. The bouncers, however, immediately pushed him back, steering him clear off Tabu's way. No official complaint has been filed yet. 

LIVE NEWS and UPDATES

Apr 07, 2018 - 21:16 (IST)

Katrina Kaif visited Salman Khan's residence, Galaxy Apartments, after the actor returned from Jodhpur, reports Financial Express 

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:34 (IST)

Salman Khan waves to fans from his home in Mumbai, gets emotional while greeting fans  

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:21 (IST)

Visuals of Salman Khan reaching Galaxy Apartments

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:14 (IST)

Salman reaches Galaxy Apartments

Salman Khan reaches Galaxy Apartments, reports India Today. The report adds that his younger brother Sohail Khan had accompanied Salman in his car on his way home. Fans crowded the area and began bursting crackers as the actor reached his house. 

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:11 (IST)

PETA condemns Salman Khan being granted bail in blackbuck poaching case

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has condemned the decision of a Jodhpur Court to grant bail to actor Salman Khan in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, reports ANI

"While Salman Khan gets to go back home to his movie star life for now, blackbucks were made to pay the highest price, with their lives," PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate said in a statement.

Terming the decision in the actor's case "unusual," the NGO states that "these days, wildlife crime matters are commonly fast-tracked, bail is often denied, and offenders regularly receive seven-year prison sentences." 

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:53 (IST)

Salman Khan's sister Arpita and Alvira and his bodyguard Shera accompany him as he makes his way home 

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:49 (IST)

Visuals of Salman Khan reaching Mumbai

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:45 (IST)

Salman Khan lands in Mumbai, reports India Today

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:12 (IST)

A slew of celebrities extend their wishes to Salman Khan after he got bail 

Apr 07, 2018 - 18:57 (IST)

Comedian Rajpal Yadav says he is 'relieved' to hear about Salman Khan being given bail

Blackbuck poaching case LIVE updates: According to CNN-News18, actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison in the blackbuck poaching case. The news channel quoted the Bishnoi community's lawyer as saying the above. The actor has been fined Rs 10,000 as well. Actor's bail hearing will be likely at 10.30 am on Friday. Security has been tightened around Salman's cell in Jodhpur jail.

The Jodhpur court is likely to announce the quantum of punishment for Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case at 2 pm on Thursday. Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh said that they have asked for the maximum punishment (of six years).

Speaking to ANI, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha state chief Rampal Bhawad demanded maximum punishment for actor Salman Khan: "We'll analyse the judgement. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted and we also demand maximum punishment for Salman Khan."

A Jodhpur court has convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while other actors —Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari — have been acquitted. The quantum of sentence will be announced shortly. According to latest report, the Bishnoi Sabha has objected to the acquittal of five others.

Proceedings have begun at the Jodhpur court which will deliver verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case shortly. Actor Salman Khan is present in the court with sisters Alvira and Arpita. Other accused — Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari — are also present in the courtroom.

Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. He is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. Maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri has reached the Jodhpur court, reported CNN-News18. The court will be pronouncing its verdict in the blackbuck poaching case, involving actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and others. The final hearing in the blackbuck case will begin at 11.15 am. Accused actor Salman Khan is expected to arrive in the courthouse at 11 am.

In an interview with NDTV in 2009, actor Salman Khan had claimed that the group had come across the a herd of deer when they were returning after pack-up while shooting Hum Saath Saath Hain. He said, "We saw deer fawn, stuck in a bush. The whole herd was there. He (fawn) was petrified. I took him out of there, gave him some water. The whole pack was there. He ate a few biscuits and then went away".

The verdict in the blackbuck poaching case on actor Salman Khan is expected to be pronounced after 11 am on Thursday, according to reports. The Bollywood star and other actors, including Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, allegedly went out on a midnight hunting spree and killed two blackbucks in October 1998.

Actor Salman Khan and the other accused are charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is up to six years in prison. If convicted, the actor could face a prison term upto six years in jail.

A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.

The accused landed in Jodhpur on Wednesday ahead of the court hearing.

The movie stars were accused of poaching blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain movie.

They were accused of killing two blackbucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.

The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on 28 March. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for 5 April thereafter.

Meanwhile, a video clipping of Saif getting annoyed over media questions and threatening his driver by saying "Sheehsa upar karo aur reverse kar lo, varna padegi ek" (close windowpane, put car in reverse or else you will get slapped) has since gone viral on social media.

It was learnt that a fan also misbehaved with Tabu while she was coming out of the airport at Jodhpur on Wednesday morning.

With inputs from IANS

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