Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed for poaching antelope

Subhash Ghai was among the first ones to tweet, "I am extremely shocked to hear @BeingSalmanKhan being convicted by session court but also having full trust in indian judiciary which has many other doors to appeal for final justice whatsoever".

On October 2, 1998, a complaint was registered by the Bishnoi community of Rajasthan against the actors, for allegedly hunting down two blackbucks during the filming of the movie.

Singh said the 52-year-old actor will be lodged in a barracks next to Asaram's in the security ward and will not share it with anyone.

Khan spent a total of 18 days in prison in 1998, 2006 and 2007 in the poaching cases, but was freed on bail, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Khan pleaded not guilty and has long maintained his innocence as the case has languished in legal limbo over the years. Khan's lawyers argued for probation and pleading to a minimum sentence.

The offense carries a maximum of six years of jail. The community has pursued the case against Khan for nearly two decades and cheered the decision by setting off firecrackers near the courthouse and handing out candies.

Under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, Salman is facing charges of 6 years in prison and judges have left the court at 12:11 p.m.

Celebrities including Jaya Bachchan, Subash Ghai and Alok Nath, are considerably upset after Salman Khan was convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case by the Jodhpur Court on April 5.

Salman Khan is no doubt one of the biggest stars in India, he is known both at home and overseas.

Preparations for sending Salman to the Jodhpur Central jail are in place, Mahipal Bishnoi, the prosecution counsel, told reporters.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reportedly described the star as an "habitual offender" as he was sentenced. He was sent to jail and released on August 31 after he got bail from the high court.

Currently, three big projects - Race 3, Bharat and Dabangg 3 - as well as a comeback season of reality television show Dus Ka Dum are riding on Salman Khan's shoulders.

While the cases piled up in court, Salman courted notoriety on the side too.

In addition, Bollywood superstar Salman found not guilty in a 2002 hit-and-run case in December 2015, in which a homeless man lost his life.