A court in Jodhpur will pronounce its judgment in a case of possession and use of illegal arms by Bollywood actor Salman Khan today spelling out the term of jail for the actor, though he may be granted bail for some more time after the judgement.
“The case relates to both possession and use of illegal arms and the chief judicial magistrate’s court has kept Feb 25 for judgment,” public prosecutor N.K. Sankhla of the court in Jodhpur, 330 km from Rajasthan capital Jaipur, told IANS Tuesday.
Salman Khan is likely to be present in court during pronouncement of the judgment. He and a few other Bollywood stars were accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of Oct 1-2, 1998 during the shooting of Hindi movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.
Two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur. The star was also accused of carrying and using illegal arms. He is also alleged to have been carrying arms with expired license. A police complaint was filed against Salman Khan on charges of being involved in hunting of the protected blackbucks.
Loss for Bollywood industry with salman Khan going behind bars would be not less than Rs.300 crore immediately while in the long run it could run into about Rs.1,000 crore. Here are some upcoming films which may suffer immediately.
Bhajrangi Bhaijaan with ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ director Kabir Khan and ‘Bodyguard’ co-star Kareena Kapoor is already on floors since November 2014 and is scheduled to to be released for Eid on July 17.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is another massive project being directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya featuring Sonam Kapoor in the female lead role and the film is confirmed for Diwali release in 2015 around Novemebr.
Sultan by Ali Abbas Zafar is yet to be confirmed officialy by Yash Raj Films, though Salman Khan and his manager have confirmed it already with the release date to coincide with the IPL season and Eid in 2016.
No Entry sequel is under consideration but was delayed because Salman was busy with other films and the film requires at least 5 months of time from Salman Khan.
(With inputs from IANS)