All other accused—actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam—acquitted
Actor Salman Khan was found guilty in a 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case by Jodhpur lower court in Rajasthan on Thursday.
Khan, along with actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, was charged under the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) for poaching a blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) antelope. While the others were acquitted, Khan has been convicted under Section 9 and 51 of WPA, according to media reports.
Maximum sentence under the law is six years. While the prosecution has demanded maximum imprisonment under the act, the court is yet to decide the quantum of punishment.
The accused allegedly killed two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on September 26, 1998.
Blackbuck is a Schedule I species under the WPA, which awards it the maximum level of protection.
'Did the blackbuck and chinkara commit suicide?'
Blackbuck case: Supreme Court sets aside high court stay on Salman Khan’s conviction
Technological help for autistic children
Strengthening legal frameworks to combat wildlife crime
Halting the illegal trade of CITES species from World Heritage Sites
Question raised in Lok Sabha on Poaching of Wildlife, 26/07/2016
Judgement of the Delhi District Court regarding peacock hunting, 30/04/2016
Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding declaring nilgais, wild boars and monkeys as vermin, 20/06/2016
The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2013
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.