By Nazim Malik
(Pak Destiny) Is Indian super star Salman Khan is sentenced to 5 years in jail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case only because he is a Muslim?
Jodhpur District Presiding Officer Devkumar Khatri pronounced Salman guilty of killing two blackbucks, which are an endangered species, on October 1, 1998 during a hunting expedition near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has also been levied on him.
On wonders how the Indian court sentences him for 5 years after 20 years. “Is it a too big crime in India and how many before him had been convicted for this crime is a question being asked by many,” asks a senior journalist here.
Co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu were present in court during pronouncement of the verdict. There are two other accused in the case — travel agent Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre, Salman’s assistant at the time. Gawre is still absconding.
The actors are accused of hunting down two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998. The actors were in the city for the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
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Salman is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. Maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.
Many believe in Pakistan that Salman is punished for being a Muslim. – Pak Destiny