International desk – Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been convicted in a poaching case and sentenced to five years in jail, media reports said quoting officials in Jodhpur of India on Thursday.
A Jodhpur court, which pronounced the verdict in the much-talked about 1998 black buck poaching case, also fined the actor 10,000 Rupees for his offence under the Wildlife Act.
Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also accused in the case, but they were acquitted, according to Times of India newspaper updates.
The prosecution demanded Salman to be six years in jail,
The case might have to move to the Sessions Court which has to decide if Salman should be bailed or jailed, according to a report by CNN.
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
Arguments were in progress in the court regarding the quantum of punishment for Salman.
The movie stars were accused of poaching black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain movie.
They were accused of killing two black bucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on March 28. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5 thereafter.