Salman Khan poaching case: Court to pronounce verdict today

The Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur is expected to pronounce its verdict on Monday in the blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases related to actor Salman Khan, officials said on Sunday.

Salman has appealed before the High Court challenging the trial court's verdict that had sentenced him to one year and five years' jail term, respectively, in the two separate cases of poaching. The hearing in the cases was completed in the last week of May and the decision was reserved by the High Court.

If the High Court upholds the lower court's verdict, the Bollywood superstar will have to go to Jodhpur Central Jail once again.

The ‘Sultan’ actor is accused of hunting three endangered chinkaras and a blackbuck, along with his co-stars, while shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s 1998 film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ in Rajasthan. The animals was killed at Bhawad on the outskirts of Jodhpur on September 26, 1998, and the other at Ghoda Farms on September 28.

Salman's sister Alvira Khan Agnihotri has already reached Jodhpur and was expected to meet the acoto’s counsel Hastimal Saraswat on Sunday evening, sources told IANS.