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Salman Khan convicted in 1998 Chinkara poaching case, faces 6 yrs in jail

Salman Khan, who was freed in Mumbai drunken drive case, was convicted in another case of blackbuck poaching in Jodhpur, on Thursday, April 5.

Two local Bishnoi people regard the animal as their deity and the man who chased poachers on motorcycle, identified and fought the case relentless for 20 years since 1998 against Bollywood celebrities. Under section 9/51 of Wildlife Act, Salman Khan faces up to 6 years jail term now.

Other actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam, and a local resident Dushyant Singh were tried for abatement but are aquitted. Salman Khan appeared before the court on Thursday in the two-decade-old blackbuck (chinkara) poaching case, and was told by the court that he was convicted. The sentence will be pronounced tomorrow, Friday, April 6, 2018.

Salman Khan is currently busy with the shooting for his upcoming film Race 3 in Dubai and he took a day off to attend the court hearing. Salman’s sisters Arpita and Alvira arrived at the Jodhpur court and soon Saif, Bendre and Tabu joined them.

Before the verdict, Remo D’Souza, the director of Race 3, told New18, "Salman never talks about the case while shooting for his films. Same was the case during Abu Dhabi schedule of Race 3 after which the actor left for the verdict. The unit and everyone associated with his big Eid release is hoping for a closure to this long stretched case with a favorable verdict."

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