Wildlife & Biodiversity

Blackbuck case: Supreme Court sets aside high court stay on Salman Khan’s conviction

With this order, Khan will not be allowed to travel abroad

Published: Wednesday 14 January 2015

Photo courtesy: Wikipedia/Chinmayisk

The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside Rajasthan High Court’s order that stayed the conviction of actor Salman Khan by a trial court in the blackbuck hunting case.

A trial court had convicted Khan in 2007 for killing the endangered blackbuck. The actor had approached the Rajasthan High Court for a stay on the order, pleading that he needed to travel abroad for a film shoot. The high court had granted the stay.

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Khan, along with actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, had been accused of poaching near Jodhpur in 1998 during the shooting of the film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. He was jailed in Jodhpur twice in a five-year sentence and is currently out on bail.

In its order, the Supreme Court said that while Khan could argue in the high court that he would suffer irreversible damage if his conviction is not stayed, the Rajasthan government could argue no irreversible damage which cannot be undone would be caused if his conviction is not stayed.

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