Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed for five years for poaching antelope

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Soon after the news of Salman's conviction came in, Bai visited a Hanuman temple in Indore and wished for his early release.

Salman Khan, regarded as one of Bollywood's biggest stars, has received a five-year jail sentence for poaching an endangered antelope two decades ago.

The actor will spend one night in jail, after which he can appeal to a higher court (sessions court) for bail, and later challenge the verdict in court.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. While his Hum Saath Saath Hai co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, Sonali Bendre got acquitted, the Race 3 star has been convicted for 5-year-jail-term by the Jodhpur court.

Khan was driven away amid chaotic scenes outside court and is expected to start serving his sentence at a local prison.

Khan, 52, was found guilty of violating wildlife laws by killing a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope, in 1998.

Overjoyed fans danced outside court after hearing the news. Khan's attorneys said he was carrying an air gun, which can not be used for hunting an antelope. The community had pursued the case against Khan for nearly two decades.

Khan has always been known as one of Bollywood's bad boys and has been in trouble with the law before. However, the court acquitted them for lack of evidence. All charges Khan denies.

The court's ruling against Khan, who has 32.5 million followers on Twitter and was promoting his movie last week, sparked worries among Bollywood traders. It is most likely that the superstar may be released on bail today.

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, the date of Salman Khan's sentencing and conviction was incorrect.

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