Rajasthan High Court stays Salman’s conviction

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Paves way for getting his British visa renewed

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday suspended a Jodhpur lower court order of 2006 by which actor Salman Khan was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail for poaching of blackbucks, for the purpose of applying for visa for travelling to foreign countries.

Salman had approached the High Court after having problems in getting his British visa renewed in view of the United Kingdom immigration rules making a person convicted for more than four years ineligible for a visa.

Justice Nirmaljit Kaur at the High Court’s principal seat in Jodhpur stayed Mr. Khan’s conviction in the caseand held that the actor would be free to apply for visa for any country. According to the Court order, Salman’s conviction will not come into his way for visa applications.

His counsel Lekh Raj Mehta said his client’s visa for U.K. had expired recently and when he applied for a fresh visa, the British High Commission denied it on the ground of the conviction orders.

The actor was sentenced to one year and five-year prison terms in two cases of poaching at Mathania on the outskirts of Jodhpur, for which the case under the Wildlife Protection Act was registered against him in September 1998.

He spent a few days in jail in April 2006 and again in August 2007, following which he filed an appeal in the High Court challenging his conviction.

Besides Salman , actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendra, Tabu and Neelam are also accused in the case.

The Mumbai-based actors were allegedly involved in poaching of the protected animals when they were camping in Jodhpur for shooting of Hindi film “ Hum Saath Saath Hain” .



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