Salman Khan sentenced to five years of imprisonment
Bollywood star and controversial kid, Salman Khan was sentenced to a five-year rigorous imprisonment and sent to a Central Jail in Jodhpur by a local court in the black buck poaching case. Earlier Salman had received a one-year sentence in the poaching case, but a stay order was issued, later, after the actor and his lawyer appealed in a higher court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Brijendra Kumar Jain also imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000 on the actor, after which he was taken into custody and sent to jail. The court also ordered a one-year sentence, along with Rs. 5,000 fine for co-accused Govardhan Singh. Four of the other members who were accused along with the actor in the 1998 poaching case were acquitted.
Salman Khan was earlier sentenced to one-year imprisonment by the same court and a fine of Rs. 5,000 on February 17 for killing an endangered species, Chinkara (deer species) at Ghora farmhouse in Jodhpur. But the sentence was suspended for a month in order to enable him to appeal. Salman has four poaching cases filed against him. In some of the other cases, actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre are the co-accused.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, who heard the defense’s argument on March 28, had set April 10 as the judgement. On April 7, the court rejected Salman’s application to summon witness Harish Dulani who had missed court appearances for several years. Harish was supposed to be the main witness in the poaching case and had reportedly retracted from his earlier statement that he had seen Salman killing the animal.
Salman’s lawyer, Dipesh Mehta states, “Four other people were acquitted in the same poaching case, but only Salman was sentenced to such rigorous imprisonment, as he is a super star. There were no eye witnesses too; however we intend to definitely appeal to even higher courts.” Unfortunately, the court had already shut for the day after Salman’s sentence was announced and the next day being a public holiday, the star will have to spend at least a day in jail, before he can appeal further.
Actor Salman Khan’s mother, Salma Khan was rushed to Lilavati Hospital, Bandra on Monday evening at around 6.30 pm, after hearing the five-year prison term sentenced to her son. Actor Sohail Khan said, “She was complaining of acute anxiety, vomiting and chest pain.” He also told the media, “My family is very upset and we are presently going through a lot of hardship. It is unfair that my mother has to go through so much at this age.” Many celebrities like Helen, Amrita Arora, Bunty Walia and Karisma Kapoor visited Salma Khan in hospital.
Salman’s father Salim Khan, brother Arbaaz and girl friend Katrina Kaif were supposed to fly down to Jodhpur to be by the actor’s side during his crisis. Unfortunately, due to a technical snag in the aircraft, the flight was cancelled. However, the three will be reaching Jodhpur on Tuesday morning by road.
Let’s hope that the family can hold the fort together and survive this misfortune during their hour of crisis.