Jodhpur: A Jodhpur Court will on 5 April deliver the verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case against actor Salman Khan. The court of the chief judicial magistrate (Jodhpur Rural), where the trial of the case has been in progress for the last 19 years, reserved the judgment after the final arguments.
Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks on 2 October 1998 in Kankani village in Jodhpur during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. He was acquitted in two poaching cases by the high court and in a case under Arms Act by the lower court.
Salman Khan has had a torrid time battling court cases in the past few years. While the hit and run case, where he is accused, seems to be taking a new turn every now and then, the actor is awaiting for the final verdict of black buck poaching case.
While the court decides if Salman is guilty or innocent, this is chronology refreshing the various events surrounding the case:
– On the night of 1 October 1998, in the Kankani village of Rajasthan, five Bollywood stars Salman Khan. Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam apparently hunted two black bucks.
-A police complaint was lodged 2 Oct 1998, by the Bishnoi community, against Salman Khan and the others for hunting black buck deer on the midnight of 28 Sep 1998, within the limits of Mathania village.
– Salman Khan was arrested 12 Oct 1998, and was released 17 Oct on bail.
– Khan was convicted in the black buck hunting case by a trial court 10 April 2006 under the Wildlife (Protection) Act and was awarded a five-years jail term along with a fine of Rs.25,000.
– On 24 August 2007, the sessions court upheld the conviction and sentencing of Salman Khan as it dismissed his appeal against the trial court order.
– On 31 August 2007, the Rajasthan High Court suspended the sentence, but told Salman not to leave the country without court’s prior permission.
– On August, 2013, the actor was denied visa for UK, due to his conviction in the black buck case
– On 13 November 2013, the Rajasthan high court stayed his sentence, which meant Salman could apply for the UK visa.
– Last November , the Rajasthan government had moved to apex court against high court’s decision to stay his conviction in black buck case, paving way for him to get a UK visa.
– On 5 November 2014, Salman pleaded the Supreme Court that Rajasthan High court was right in staying his conviction as it would badly affect his shooting plans as he needs to obtain visa to travel abroad.
– An apex court bench of Justice SJ Mukhopadhyay and Justice AK Goel reserved its order, saying that Salman Khan’s conviction could not be stayed merely because it comes in the way of his getting a British visa.
– On 19 December 2014, the Jodhpur court turned down actor’s plea to call officials as witnesses. The actor sought permission to produce the then DCP and DM of Mumbai, as witness, in connection with a case against him under Arms Act pertaining to the expiry of the license of arms used by him during the alleged poaching of black bucks on 1-2 October, 1998.