Bollywood star Salman Khan gets five years for poaching deer

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Bollywood star Salman Khan guilty of poaching

The Indian antelopes, also referred to locally as blackbucks, are endangered species and considered as protected under Indian law.

Before announcing the quantum of punishment, the court has given one hour to both parties. He launched a charity called Being Human - The Salman Khan Foundation that took on various health and education initiatives and was seen participating in various philanthropic activities.

Public prosecutors alleged that Khan, 52, and four other actors in the auto with him fled the scene when they were spotted, leaving the animals' carcasses behind.

In 2006, he was sentenced to five years in jail for poaching but was granted bail a week later. Khan's lawyers said he was carrying an air gun, which can not be used for hunting an antelope.

Bollywood star Salman Khan, second left, arrives to appear before a court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 5, 2018.

The 52-year-old has worked in the film industry for nearly 30 years, with his first film role in 1988.

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His next film, "Race 3", is an action thriller scheduled for release later in the year.

Salman Khan's counsel argued that there were many holes in the prosecution's story and it failed to prove its case beyond any doubt.

Khan, the eldest son of famous screenplay writer Salim Khan, is one of Bollywood's most bankable stars with reportedly more than $92 million riding on him and his incomplete projects.

While the other four were acquitted by a Jodhpur court today, Salman was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail from the court. The actor has now been put in the Central Jail and can apply for bail only tomorrow; which means he has no way out but to be behind the bars tonight.

The actors were accused of hunting down two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in village Kankani near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998. But Mr. Khan appealed the decision to the Rajasthan High Court, and the sentence was quickly suspended after a brief period in jail.

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who was sent to jail after being convicted of rape, is lodged in the jail and allegedly received preferential VIP treatment in prison. In 2015, the Bombay High Court overturned his conviction in a hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a group of people sleeping on a city sidewalk, killing one and injuring four.

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