'Dabangg' Salman Khan to be Housed in Same Jail as Asaram Bapu
Apr 06 2018
Salman Khan, one of India's biggest Bollywood stars, has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing a rare type of antelope 20 years ago.
A crowd gathered outside the court to get a glimpse of movie star Khan and his co-accused actors.
Singh said the 52-year-old actor will be lodged in a barracks next to Asaram's in the security ward and will not share it with anyone.
Anand Desai, a lawyer for Khan, said in a statement that his client has applied for an urgent hearing to the case in a higher court, which will be heard Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the actor who pleaded not guilty to the charge can still appeal the case. Khan's lawyers argued for probation and pleading to a minimum sentence. Held guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, he had faced a maximum punishment of six years behind bars.
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in the Jodhpur court had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
He has been one of the industry's highest earning stars for nearly three decades since his debut film "Biwi ho to Aisi" in 1988.
Preparations for sending Salman to the Jodhpur Central jail are in place, Mahipal Bishnoi, the prosecution counsel, told reporters. According to Forbes, he made $37m (£26m) in yearly earnings to finish second behind Shah Rukh Khan in 2017 Bollywood rankings.
The Indian antelopes, also referred to locally as blackbucks, are endangered species and considered as protected under Indian law. The sentence was suspended and he was acquitted in 2016. Four other Bollywood actors accused in the case were acquitted.
Khan has always been known as one of Bollywood's bad boys and has been in trouble with the law before. He launched a charity called Being Human - The Salman Khan Foundation that took on various health and education initiatives and was seen participating in various philanthropic activities. In 2013, a sessions court convicted Salman of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, but he was granted interim bail by the Bombay High Court.