Jail & Bail : The Salman Khan-Blackbuck Saga

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Actor Salman Khan who was sentenced to 5-year jail in the Blackbuck poaching case on April 5,2018,has been granted bail today.

WHAT IS THE BLACKBUCK POACHING CASE ABOUT?

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It was alleged that during the shooting of his film “Hum Saath Saath Hain” in the year 1998,Salman Khan along with his co-actors Saif Ali Khan,Sonali Bendre,Neelam and Tabu had hunted down two blackbucks in the Kankani village of Rajasthan following which in October 1998,the Bishnoi villagers filed a complaint against the actor and his co-stars.

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A TIMELINE OF THE CASE

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After the complaint registered by the Bishnoi villagers,Salman Khan was arrested in October in the same year but was subsequently granted bail.

After almost 6 years of this bail,Salman Khan was convicted again under section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act and was sentenced to an imprisonment for one year on 17 February in the year 2006.But this order was also suspended by the Sessions court on March 10 of the same year.The actor was then sentenced to an imprisonment for five years by one of the trial courts on 10 April,2006 but was granted bail only after 3 days.In August 2007,the defence plea for Salman Khan was rejected by the court and the actor surrendered himself and was sent to Jodhpur jail on 26 August,2007.The actor was then granted bail on 31 August, 2007.

In July 2016,Salman Khan was acquitted in the poaching case by the Rajasthan High Court.The state government then appealed to the Supreme Court against the decision of the High Court.On January 18,2017 the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) acquitted the actor of charges under sections 3/25 and 27 of the Arms Act but the actor was booked for possessing an unlicensed .22 rifle and .32 revolver and for using them to hunt two blackbucks.

CURRENT SCENARIO OF THE CASE

As per the latest updates on the case,Salman Khan was sentenced to a five year imprisonment on 5 April,2018 by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) under the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two blackbucks in October 1998 in Kankani whereas his co-actors were acquitted with a “benefit of doubt” for the incident.But here is the news,after spending two nights in the jail,the actor has again been granted bail by the Sessions court in Jodhpur.The bail was granted by District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi with a personal bond on the actor of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of Rs.25,000 each.

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