Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to prison for poaching

One of India's popular actors Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing two endangered animals.

However, today's a day of justice because Salman Khan has finally been convicted to 5 years of jail for Blackbuck poaching.

Khan has already spent some time behind bars in Jodhpur since the three cases against him were registered in 1998 - two for poaching chinkaras or Indian gazelles and one for killing the blackbucks.

Then, in 2016, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman Khan of all charges, saying there was no evidence to show that the animals that were found dead had been shot by the actor's licensed gun.

Television said Khan planned to appeal against the sentence.

The heavily muscled actor contends he did not shoot the two blackbuck deer in the western India preserve in 1998 and was acquitted in related cases.

Indian media reports suggest it could take days for Khan's legal team to apply for bail and appeal the conviction over the 20-year-old case which threatens to derail his illustrious career.

Another trade analyst Girish Wankhede said it is a big blow to the industry as Salman Khan's films has been a money spinner with back-to-back blockbusters to his credit. In 2014, the Mumbai High Court acquitted him in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run case.

The case was brought by members of a community known as the Bishnoi, who revere antelopes.

The court of chief judicial magistrate sentenced him to five years of imprisonment on April 10, 2006. "The maximum punishment will be for six years, while the minimum sentence will be for one year".

Salman Khan is no doubt one of the biggest stars in India, he is known both at home and overseas.

At the time, public prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati told the court that all five actors were in a Maruti Gypsy four-wheel-drive vehicle that night, with Salman Khan in the driver's seat. That decision is now being challenged in the Supreme Court.

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who was sent to jail after being convicted of rape, is lodged in the jail and allegedly received preferential VIP treatment in prison.

  • Kyle Peterson