Salman Khan, a renowned name in the Bollywood industry, has had his own share of legal disputes time and again.
This time he is summoned by the Jodhpur Court to appear on 28th September in regard to the blackbuck poaching trial.
The blackbuck poaching trial goes back to the year 1998. During the shooting of the film- “Hum Saath Saath Hain”, Salman Khan and his co-stars- Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Saif Ali Khan, had allegedly hunted down two blackbucks in the Kankani village of Rajasthan.
Timeline of the Case:
In October 1998, the villagers of Bishnoi had filed a complaint against Salman Khan and his co-stars with reference to the hunting. A few days later, he was arrested with the charges of killing. But, subsequently, he was granted bail.
In the year 2006, he was convicted in the case by one of the trial courts under the Wildlife Protection Act. He was sentenced to 5 years in the prison along with a penalty of Rs 25000.
In the year 2007, the Rajasthan High Court sentenced him to 5 years in prison. He spent the 7 days in the Jodhpur Central Jail, but the sentence was annulled on his appeal.
In 2014, the Supreme Court issued him a notice on Rajasthan Governments plea over the previous order suspending his conviction.
The Rajasthan High Court then acquitted Salman Khan in 2016 on the basis of lack of evidence.
In 2016, the government decided to fast-track the Rajasthan Governments plea.
A year later, in 2017, Salman Khans lawyers denied to produce any evidence in his defence stating that all the necessary evidence has already been produced in the court.
In 2018, after 20 years since the start of the case, Salman Khan was sentenced 5 years jail by the Jodhpur Court. While the other actors walked free on the basis of lack of evidence. But a few days later he was again granted bail.
Two years later, Salman Khan is now once again ordered by the Jodhpur Court to appear on 28th September in the interest of the case.