World Salman Khan, Bollywood star, granted bail after poaching conviction

14:36  07 april  2018
14:36  07 april  2018 Source:   CNN

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Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court to hear the verdict in the long-running wildlife poaching case against him in Jodhpur on April 5, 2018.Salman Khan was found guilty April 5 of killing endangered Indian wildlife nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor said, a charge that could see the Bollywood superstar jailed for six years. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images): Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court to hear the verdict in the long-running wildlife poaching case against him in Jodhpur on April 5, 2018. Salman Khan was found guilty April 5 of killing endangered Indian wildlife nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor said, a charge that could see the Bollywood superstar jailed for six years. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) © -/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court to hear the verdict in the long-running wildlife poaching case against him in Jodhpur on April 5, 2018. Salman Khan was found guilty April 5 of killing endangered Indian wildlife nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor said, a charge that could see the Bollywood superstar jailed for six years. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail Saturday just a day after he was convicted of illegal poaching, his attorney said.

Khan, one of India's most recognizable and bankable actors, was sentenced to serve five years in prison Friday. He was found guilty of killing two blackbucks, a type of antelope found in the country, while working on a film in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan in the 1998. He was also fined 10,000 Indian rupees ($150).

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Bollywood star Salman Khan has been found guilty of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago, and could face up to six years in prison. He was in court for the ruling in the western city of Jodhpur, and can appeal against the conviction in a higher court.

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after being convicted of illegal poaching in a decades-old case, prosecutors said Thursday. If Khan ’s appeal is accepted, he could be granted bail or have his sentence suspended.

His attorney, Mahesh Boda, said he must pay 50,000 Indian rupees ($770) bail. The actor is expected to leave jail by Saturday evening.

Prosecutors alleged the 52-year-old shot the two blackbucks while out driving with some of his co-stars.

Khan pleaded not guilty and has long maintained his innocence as the case has languished in legal limbo over the years. Khan's lawyers said he was carrying an air gun, which cannot be used for hunting an antelope.

The other actors, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari, were charged with abetting a crime but were acquitted Thursday, Singh said.

Anand Desai, another lawyer for Khan, had said the actor's sentence was a surprise.

"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 acquiatted by Hon'ble (Honorable) High Court of Rajasthan in two cases," he said.

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Bollywood star Salman Khan has been found guilty of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago, and could face up to six years in prison. He was in court for the ruling in the western city of Jodhpur, and can appeal against the conviction in a higher court.

Bollywood star Salman Khan has been found guilty of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago, and could face up to six years in prison. The prolific actor contends he did not shoot the two blackbuck deer in the western India preserve in 1998 and was earlier acquitted in related cases.

Khan has long been known as one of Bollywood's bad boys and has been in trouble with the law before. In 2015 he was found guilty in a deadly hit and run accident and received a five-year prison sentence. A higher court later tossed the conviction, claiming the evidence presented was not sufficient.

His trial has generated significant media coverage throughout India, with many of the country's news channels giving his case wall-to-wall coverage.

The son of Indian screenwriter Salim Khan, Salman Khan made his movie debut in 1988, and his career took off shortly after.

Today he's considered one of India's biggest celebrities -- to the point where he's often mobbed whenever seen in public -- and despite his brushes with the law, is still one of Bollywood's biggest draws.

Khan has more than 32 million followers on Twitter and another 15.3 million on Instagram.

Forbes ranked him 71st in their list of the world's highest paid celebrities and the ninth-highest paid actor, estimating he raked in $37 million in 2017. Fellow Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, at number 8 on the list, is the only Indian actor to have earned more than him last year.

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