Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan gets 5-year jail term
While passing the judgement, CJM Dev Khatri called the actor a 'habitual offender'.
The actor had four cases against him, related to the poaching incident. Today's case was the last of the lot.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the verdict in the case that had been under way for 20 years, called the actor a 'habitual offender'. Judge Khatri ruled that hence the actor has been convicted, while the others have been given the benefit of the doubt.
The actor has been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The other actors were charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, the Bishnoi community has expressed displeasure at the other actors being allowed to go scot-free. The community feels reverentially towards blackbucks and has been working to protect the creatures.
Reacting to the verdict, actress Neelam's husband, Samir Soni said that it was surprising that one person had been singled out. "I'm happy for Neelam and the rest of us, but very disappointed for Salman," he said, while expressing support for the actor.
The incident happened when the stars were shooting for Sooraj Barjatya's family drama 'Hum Saath Saath Hain.'
Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28.
Reactions poured in on Twitter:
Judge: Why did you come to Jodhpur in 1998. Salman Khan: To shoot... Judge: You have confessed. GUILTY. Salman Khan… https://t.co/ZFydcQn38B— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 1522904635000
Sad news- #SalmanKhan get convicted.. #BlackBuck— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) 1522908139000
.@suhelseth, Consultant: We have to get our judicial system to be either swift or compassionate or both.… https://t.co/OInVytPKXr— Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) 1522910094000
(With inputs from agencies)