NEW DELHI: The Supreme court on Wednesday issued notice to Bollywood actor Salman Khan following a plea from the Rajasthan government challenging a High Court decision, which had stayed his conviction in a blackbuck hunting case.
A Bench headed by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya asked Salman, who was handed down a five-year jail term by the trial court, to file his response within four weeks.
The Rajasthan government had approached the apex court against the HC order, which had on November 12 , stayed Salman’s 2006 conviction in the case and paved the way for him to apply for a British visa.
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 UK Embassy.
Salman was convicted and sentenced to one-year and five-year prison terms in cases of poaching of two Chinkaras at Bhawad and a blackbuck at Ghoda Farm (Mathania) in 1998.