The Jodhpur court has found Salman Khan guilty and sentenced him 5 years of imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine in a 20 years old case related to blackbuck poaching two blackbucks on the intervening night of October 1, 1998 in Kankani village near Rajasthan’s Jodhpur city. His conviction came under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted for protection of plants and animal species. The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 turned out to be a blessing for blackbucks, chinkaras, tigers and elephants and so many other animal species, a large number of whom were killed by the colonial rulers and various maharajas as they went on their ‘shikars’ (hunting sport).
Blackbucks are an “extremely vulnerable species” and on the “endangered list in India, afforded the highest protection under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972”.
In-House Reporter, Info India TV