SC quashes HC's suspension of Salman Khan's conviction

North GAzette News/New Delhi
In a major setback for Bollywood superstar, the Supreme Court of India (SC) on Wednesday set aside Rajasthan High Court’s decision, suspending Salman Khan’s conviction in black buck poaching case to allow him to travel aboard.

SC has, however, asked Bollywood’s heart-throb Salman Khan to approach Rajasthan HC for any relief in the case if any irreparable damage is being caused to the actor in view of his inability to travel abroad.

SC’s decision came on the plea of Rajasthan government challenging HC’s decision of staying Salman Khan’s conviction in black buck poaching case which entitled him to acquire British Visa for his film’s shooting in London.

It is pertinent to mention here that a trail court had convicted Salman Khan in black poaching case of 1998 and had awarded him five years jail term, making him ineligible to apply for British visa.

As per British immigration rules, persons who has been convicted for more than five years jail term are not eligible to apply for visa to the country.

After the trial court conviction, Salman Khan had applied for stay on his conviction in Rajasthan High Court, pleading that he was suffering huge losses on account of his inability to travel abroad and sought stay on trial court’s orders till the matter before the court.

Rajasthan HC had stayed Salman Khan’s conviction, stating that age is crucial factor in an actor’s and it would be harsh to him if Bollywood superstar is not allowed to travel to fulfill his professional commitments.