Jodhpur court has finally pronounced its verdict and Bollywood's Bhai Salman Khan has been convicted in the decade old Blackbuck poaching case. Other Bollywood actors whose names were also implicated in the 1998 case, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, have been acquitted of all the charges. All the accused actors were present in Jodhpur ahead of the pronouncement of the decision and elaborate security arrangements were in place at the court premises. The final arguments in the poaching case, which dates back to the shooting of Rajshri banner's Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998, were already completed in the trial court on March 28. The hearing took place in the presence of Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri who had reserved the announcement of judgment till April 5. Salman Khan, 52, faced charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years but Salman has been sentenced to 5 years in Jail. 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. Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati said there was sufficient evidence against the actors.
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