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Poaching case: Court to hear Salman Khan’s bail plea today

Poaching case: Court to hear Salman Khan’s bail plea today

JODHPUR: Bollywood actor Salman Khan will appear in court for hearing of his bail plea in blackbuck hunting case after spending a night in Jodhpur Jail.

Khan, who denied poaching the rare antelopes known as black bucks in 1998, can still appeal his conviction for a crime that has gripped celebrity-obsessed India for decades.

The actor was sentenced to five years prison on Thursday by an Indian court for killing endangered wildlife nearly two decades ago. Four other Bollywood stars — Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari — were also accused of joining the hunting trip but were acquitted for lack of evidence.

His defence lawyers had suggested the black bucks died of natural causes such as overeating, and claimed there was no evidence they had been shot.

Khan remains one of Bollywood’s biggest draws despite his off-screen drama, starring in more than 100 films and television shows.

According to Forbes, he made $37 million in yearly earnings to finish second behind Shah Rukh Khan in the 2017 Bollywood rankings.

Both the Khans are among the top 10 most highly paid actors in the world.

The Bollywood heartthrob’s latest blockbuster “Tiger Zinda Hai” (Tiger is alive) collected some $85 million worldwide. 

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