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Jodhpur Court on Thursday (April 5, 2018) convicted actor Salman Khan while it acquitted co-accused Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre in the 1998 blackbuck killing case in Jodhpur.
Salman, who was convicted by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, faced charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which has a maximum punishment of six years.
The other actors, who were acquitted, had been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
Salman had been accused of killing two blackbucks (that are considered sacred by the Bishnoi community) in a village in Jodhpur while shooting Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hai on October 2, 1998.
Argument on quantum of punishment is on. Salman Khan's counsels are praying for probation: NS Solanki, lawyer of Dushyant Singh who was co-accused in blackbuck poaching case #Jodhpur pic.twitter.com/2G5ahqHFWl— ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2018