Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail for poaching rare antelope back in 1998. An court in Jodhpur, India, has also fined him $154 (10,000 rupees) for the crime. He will now be taken to jail.
Khan killed the two blackbucks, a protected species, in the western state of Rajasthan while working on 1998 movie Hum Saath Saath Hain. Four of his co-stars in the movie were also charged with the offense have been acquitted. This is the fourth case filed against the actor in connection with poaching animals during the shoot. He has been acquitted in three of them.
Khan, 52, can appeal against the verdict, but in a higher court. Reports on the ground in India say he will have to spend at least a few days in prison. One of Bollywood’s biggest stars, the actor has appeared in more than 100 films and is well known for blockbuster action films such as Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard and Ek The Thiger.
Khan is no stranger to controversy. In December 2015, he was cleared in a 2002 hit-and-run case in which a homeless man died and four others were in injured. His car allegedly ran over them while they were sleeping on a street in the western city of Mumbai.