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Black buck hunting case: SC sets aside stay on Salman Khan’s conviction

Pronouncing the verdict, Justice Mukhopadhyay said the filmstar could tell the court that he would suffer irreversible damage if his conviction is not stayed and he is eventually acquitted.

The court said that the Rajasthan government at the same time could argue that no irreversible damage which cannot be undone would be caused if his conviction is not stayed.

The Rajasthan High Court had put on hold Salman’s conviction on his plea that it was coming in his way to get visa to travel to England. Salman’s sentence has already been put on hold by the high court that also suspended his conviction on November 12, 2013.

Salman Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu, Neelam and others were accused of hunting the protected blackbuck in Rajasthan during the  shooting for the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

Salman was convicted by a trial court April 10, 2006, under the Wild Life (Protection) Act and was awarded five years’ jail and a fine of Rs 25,000.

The Sessions Judge on August  24, 2007, upheld his conviction and sentence as it dismissed his appeal against the trial court order.

The Rajasthan High Court by its order of August 31, 2007, suspended his sentence, and on November 12, 2013, suspended the order of conviction as it came in the way of Salman’s foreign travels.

An FIR was lodged on October 2, 1998. against Salman and others for hunting Krishunmurg (black buck) deer on the midnight of September 28, 1998, within the limits of village Mathania.

Salman Khan was arrested on October 12, 1998, got bail on October 15 and was released on October 17 as he was not granted anticipatory bail in the case.

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