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Salman Khan Convicted Of Blackbuck Case: Why Such Punishment

The verdict for the blackbuck killing case against superstar Salman Khan convicted him today. The case started 20 years back when Salman Khan along with some of his co-stars during the shoot of the movie Hum Saath Saath Hain went for hunting and killed two blackbucks which angered the Bishnoi community. Blackbuck is one of the rare species which is highly protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.


The verdict in the matter of blackbuck poaching case started 20 years back against Salman Khan convicted him today. He has been convicted under Section 9 for hunting and punished under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. It is being retrospected that he will be imprisoned for six years. It is being reported that he will be imprisoned in Jodhpur Central Jail from Thursday night if the conviction is of imprisonment for more than three years. Salman Khan was charged under Wildlife Protection Act for killing blackbucks and chinkaras, Arms Act and drunk driving. Out of which he was already acquitted in drunk driving case and Arms Act case.

Salman Khan along with his co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam at the time of shooting Hum Saath Saath Hain went on hunting and killed two blackbucks. This angered the Bishnoi community as blackbucks are their protected species. The Bishnoi Community is reportedly going to file an appeal against the acquittal of rest of the accused actors.

The punishment for killing such rare species specified by the Wildlife Protection Act, let us have a quick look:

  • Any offence committed under within a sanctuary or natural park attracts a punishment of imprisonment for minimum three and maximum seven years with a fine of INR 10000. For subsequent offence, the fine increases to INR 25000 with the same term of imprisonment
  • offence committed within core area of tiger reserve attracts imprisonment of five to seven years and fine of INR 50000 to 2 lakh
  • The blackbuck which Salman Khan is accused of killing is listed under schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, which is the list of most protected ones. It falls under the same category to that of tiger.

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Reviewed by:
Rashmita Das
Published on 05-Apr-18