Blackbuck Case: Salman Khan taken to jail, sister Alvira breaks down

Salman Khan’s two sisters Alvira Agnihotri and Arpita accompanied him to the court. When the judge pronounced the verdict, Alvira could not hold her tears and she broke down. She was sitting next to her brother and Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera was standing next to him. Salman was convicted in 1998 blackbuck poaching case and was sentenced to five years in jail under Section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act.

The actor’s lawyers argued for a long time over the quantum of punishment. They pleaded for lesser period of sentence and even defended the actor on the ground of his social work. He was sentenced to five years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. The actor is taken to Jodhpur central jail.

Salman’s lawyers will move the High court for bail. His lawyers pleased for minimum sentence. If his jail term was less than three years then they could have applied for bail in the same court but now they have to move the High Court for bail.

If the bail application is not heard today then the actor will have to spend the night in jail today. He is currently locked in Jodhpur Central Jail.

Other co-accused Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Tabu were however acquitted by the court. Dushyant Singh, who allegedly accompanied the actors in poaching the blackbuck which is an endangered species was also acquitted. Another accused Dinesh Gawre is still absconding.

The blackbuck poaching case dates back to 1998 when Salman Khan and his team went to Jodhpur for the shooting of Sooraj Barjatiya’s ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. Salman Khan and his team went hunting in Jodhpur where he killed two blackbucks in September, 1998 in Kankani village.

Meanwhile, the Bishnoi community of Rajasthan has expressed displeasure over the acquittal of Saif, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali. A member said they would appeal against the acquittal of the four co-accused in the blackbuck poaching case. He said they would also approach the state forest department to appeal against the acquittal and would send a representation to the government.