Black Buck Case: Setback to Salman as SC quashes Rajasthan HC Order


New Delhi, Jan 14: In a huge setback to Salman Khan in the 1998 black buck case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the Rajasthan High Court order staying the conviction of the actor.

The hearing came after a Special Leave Petition (SLP) was filed challenging the stay order of Salman Khan granted by the Rajasthan High Court in the case.

While setting aside the high court order, the apex Court asked it to consider Salman's plea again on the issue of staying the conviction.

The Rajasthan government had moved the apex court against the HC order that had stayed the conviction of Salman on Nov 12 last year, paving the way for him to get a VISA from Britain.

However, according to British immigration rules, a person convicted for more than 4 years is not eligible to get VISA.

The apex court wanted to know whether the High Court had suspended his case on merit or on the ground that Britain had refused to allow Salman Khan for a Hindi film shooting last year.

Salman Khan was convicted of killing two black bucks and sentenced to five years in jail under the Wildlife Protection Act by a Jodhpur magistrate court in 2006. The sessions court had also upheld the ruling in 2007.

On August 31, 2007 the Rajasthan high court had suspended the sentence and told Salman not to leave the country without the prior permission from the court.

However, the court allowed him last November for travelling abroad and stayed the conviction after the actor appealed to the court that he was not able to get the British VISA due to his sentence.

Salman along with actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre were accused of killing two black bucks in Kankvillage near Jodhpur in Oct 1998 during the shoot of the film "Hum Saath Saath Hain".

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