With projects over Rs 600cr plus, Bollywood shudders at Salman Khan's sentencing

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A Jodhpur court sentenced the Bollywood superstar to five years in prison after he was convicted of killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years.

The actors were accused of poaching a blackbuck, an endangered species protected under the Indian Wildlife Act, in Kankani village of Jodhpur during the shooting of film Hum Saath Saath Hain in September, 1998.

He was sentenced to five years in jail but by then had already spent 18 months in prison. The other co-accused in the case - Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam - meanwhile, were cleared of all charges.

"We are studying the judgment - it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by Hon'ble (Honorable) High Court of Rajasthan in two cases", he said. One clear example of the previous is the Bollywood star, #salman khan who has been involved in several cases with the justice, generating controversy in India.

The actor insists he is innocent. As soon as the judgement was pronounced, other actors left the courtroom, while the police took Salman Khan into custody.

The 52-year-old actor was served dal-roti and vegetables for dinner, but according to Press Trust of India, he refused it.

The actor has been kept in ward no. 2, adjacent to the cell of self-styled godman Asaram in tight security.

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The court also ordered the actor to pay a fine of $154.

Demanding maximum punishment in the case under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, the prosecution had argued that Khan was a repeat offender.

Salman had a total of four separate cases registered against him in connection with the poaching of blackbucks and chinkara.

In his arguments, defence counsel Mahesh Bora said there were various loopholes in the investigation.

Quadi no 106, who will have to spend another day in jail after a sessions court reserved its decision on his bail plea till tomorrow, was given sprouts and milk for breakfast after a late night, said Deputy Inspector General (jails) Vikram Singh.

However, a few years ago, the superstar chose to opt out of mega-brand endorsements as a result of which his net worth in the advertising industry fell quite a bit.