Popular Bollywood star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of wildlife violation.
Khan, 52, was sentenced Thursday by an Indian court for killing a rare antelope nearly two decades ago.
“The court has given a five-year jail term and fined Salman Khan 10,000 rupees ($150),” prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi told reporters outside the court in the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur.
Other Bollywood stars accused of joining the hunting trip — Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari — were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Generally referred to as the bad boy of Indian cinema, Khan was taken into police custody and driven to jail after the sentencing amid chaotic scenes outside court.
The popular actor however denied poaching the antelope in 1998, claiming the Rajasthan’s forest department had framed him over the black buck case.
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.
There were chaotic scenes outside the courtroom as hundreds of policemen were deployed in an attempt to keep back fans who’d turned out to support the body-building actor best known for his macho roles.