On Tuesday, Salman Khan was directed by a court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to appear before it on September 20th till the verdict of the case is decided, in connection with his appeal against his conviction in Chinkara (Black Buck) poaching case.
Salman's family is shocked with this development as he is yet to complete his upcoming film and has at least Rs. 150 crores riding on him in the next two months.
On February 17, 2006, Salman Khan was sentenced to one year imprisonment for hunting and killing two Chinkaras in Bhawad village near Jodhpur on September 26, 1998 during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. The others accused in the case included actors like Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Tabu and Satish Shah were acquitted.
The sentence was stayed by a higher court during appeal. On April 10, 2006, Salman was handed a five year jail term for hunting the endangered Chinkara. He was remanded to Jodhpur jail, and remained there until April 13 when he was granted bail. On August 24, 2007, the Jodhpur sessions court upheld the 5 year jail term for Khan in the Chinkara poaching case by turning down his appeal against the 2006 judgment. At the time of the hearing, he was busy with a shooting elsewhere, while his sister attended the proceedings. The court had found Salman guilty under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. After his conviction, he spent three nights in Jodhpur Central Jail before the District and Sessions court gave him bail.
Salman had filed an appeal against the conviction on March 9, 2006 challenging his conviction under the Wild Life Protection Act by the chief judicial magistrate on February 17, 2006.The court will now regularly hear the case from September 20.
Sources say that Salman's lawyer is filing an appeal for exemption and might even go to a higher court with the plea.
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