An Indian court today sentenced popular Bollywood star Salman Khan to a five – year jail term for poaching.

Khan, 52, was found guilty of violating India’s wildlife law by killing a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope in 1998.

The case had been pursued for two decades by the Bishnoi community, who revere antelopes.

Four other Bollywood actors who had been accused in the case – Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre – were acquitted, prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said.

This conviction comes a year after another court had acquitted him in a separate poaching case, when no proof had been tendered of Khan killing an endangered gazelle.

It is not clear whether the actor will seek bail as his lawyer could not be reached for comments.

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