Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted Thursday of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago and sentenced to five years in prison, with the trial judge describing him as a "habitual offender". "He was made to undergo medical test and has no medical issues", Singh said adding that multiple-layer security has been put up for his ward. He will have to remain there for another day. Salman has been convicted under section 51 and the maximum punishment is expected to be six years. Khan is among the highest paid anchors in the country today with estimates pegging his per episode earning from Bigg Boss past year at Rs 60 million. The actors are accused of hunting down two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998.
♦ Salman's lawyers will site the HC order that acquitted Salman while applying for bail, with the claim that the eyewitnesses are lying.
Fans and wildlife activists soon started gathering outside the court campus - some wanting to catch a glimpse of the star and others waiting to see him. As the sentence is more than three years, Salman will have to appeal in higher court for bail.
He was in court for the ruling in the western city of Jodhpur on Thursday. "My heart goes out to" Khan, the actor Arjun Rampal said on Twitter.
The enfant awful of Bollywood, Salman Khan, was earlier convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in jail by Judge D R Deshmukh of the Bombay sessions court.
While Salman Khan was awarded five years in jail, the others walked free. The judiciary has once again proved that the popularity of the accused has no bearing on the case before the court,"said Gauri Maulekhi of People for Animals".
A hearing on the bail plea of Khan will likely take place at 10.30 am on Friday.
He remains one of Bollywood's biggest draws, starring in more than 100 films and television shows.
Blackbucks are an endangered species and hunting them is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act. Salman would be taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail and would not be given any preferential treatment inside the jail, says DIG of Jodhpur Central Jail.
June 2006: A Jodhpur court frames charges against the actors in the third case. But the fact is that Ravindra Patil died destitute in the Sewri TB hospital on 4 October 2007, because of tuberculosis when he was 30 years old.