Indian Court Finds Bollywood Actor Salman Khan Guilty of Poaching

By Reuters

NEW DELHI—An Indian court found Bollywood movie star Salman Khan guilty in a poaching case dating from 1998, a verdict that could derail the career of one of the country’s most popular actors.

Khan was found guilty on Thursday, April 5 of violating the country’s wildlife law in a case of poaching a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope. He could face up to five years in prison, according to reports.

Mahipal Bishnoi, a lawyer who fought against Khan, said the court in Jodhpur, a city in the western state of Rajasthan, was hearing arguments on the appropriate sentence for the actor.

“They are praying for probation, they are emphasizing on the minimum sentence,” Bishnoi told reporters outside the court.

%image_alt%
Actor Salman Khan poses for a picture on the Green Carpet at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S., July 15, 2017. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

Reuters could not immediately reach a lawyer for Khan to seek comment.

Thursday’s ruling is not Khan’s first brush with the law. In 2015, the Bombay High Court overturned his conviction in a hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a group of people sleeping on a city sidewalk, killing one and injuring four.

Khan has churned out a series of blockbuster hits in the last few years. Some of his releases in 2017 were big-ticket films that pulled in billions of rupees at the box-office.

By Aditya Kalra

 

Recommended Video:

Jennifer Garner Tries to Explain Her Viral Oscar Moment

 
 
 

Gunman Dead After Shooting 14, Killing One, in Toronto: Canadian Police

Gunman Dead After Shooting 14, Killing One, in Toronto: Canadian Police
TORONTO—Fourteen people, including a young girl, were shot near downtown Toronto, police in Canada's biggest city said on ...
READ MORE >
 
US

Gene Evin Atkins Identified as Suspect in Deadly Trader Joe’s Shooting, Hostage Situation

Gene Evin Atkins Identified as Suspect in Deadly Trader Joe’s Shooting, Hostage Situation
A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after shooting and killing a Trader Joe’s employee in ...
READ MORE >
 

Walk Away Founder: ‘Russian Bot’ Claim Will Push People Away From Democratic Party

Walk Away Founder: ‘Russian Bot’ Claim Will Push People Away From Democratic Party
The founder of the “Walk Away” movement, where numerous ordinary Americans upload videos and photos of themselves saying ...
READ MORE >
 
US

‘Keep Us in Prayer’ Says Woman Who Lost Nine in Missouri Boat Tragedy

‘Keep Us in Prayer’ Says Woman Who Lost Nine in Missouri Boat Tragedy
A woman whose nine family members were among the 17 people killed when a tourist duck boat capsized ...
READ MORE >