The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a Rajasthan High Court ruling that stayed Salman Khan’s conviction ordered by a trial court in the 2007 blackbuck case.
The apex court bench headed by Justice S. J. Mukhopadhyay remanded the matter back to the High Court for fresh consideration.
Pronouncing the verdict, Justice S. J. Mukhopadhyay stated that Salman Khan could tell the court that he would suffer irreversible damage if his conviction is not stayed and he is eventually acquitted.
The Supreme Court said that the Rajasthan government at the same time could argue that no irreversible damage which cannot be undone would be caused if his conviction is not stayed. The Rajasthan High Court had stayed Salman’s conviction on his plea that it prevented him for travelling to UK to shoot a film.
The state government had approached the apex court against the High Court order which had, on November 12, 2013 stayed his 2006 conviction in the case and paved the way for him to get a British visa.
During the hearing, the court, however, had agreed that age was one of the important factors in life of an actor and it would be harsh if one is not allowed to go abroad till final verdict comes.
Under British immigration rules, any person convicted for more than four years is not eligible for a visa. Since the actor was convicted for five years, he was denied visa by the British Embassy.
Salman was convicted in 2007 for hunting and killing the endangered blackbuck while shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan in 1998.
He was accused of killing two chinkara deer and a blackbuck and was jailed in Jodhpur twice in a five year sentence. He is currently out on bail.
Besides Salman, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also accused of poaching near Jodhpur.
Salman Khan seems to be on a roller coaster ride in regards with his pending legal cases, the recent one being the 2007 blackbuck case. The Supreme...2.5