Update: Salman Khan was arrested on Saturday, August 25, 2007.
Bollywood star Salman Khan will soon be a guest of the Indian prison system for poaching a Chinkara – an endangered species of gazelle – in 1998.
Salman Khan’s appeal against a five-year sentence awarded in a 2006 court ruling was rejected by an Indian court in Jodhpur on Friday, August 24.
The 42-year-old movie star was not present when the verdict was announced.
Salman Khan has the option to appeal the ruling to a higher court in Rajasthan.
The Hindi film actor, whoÂ is expected to surrender on Monday, has also been fined Rs 25,000 ($610), a piffling sum for a man who earns several hundred thousand dollars for each movie.
Salman Khan, a popular film star of romantic blockbusters such as Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and a veteran of 70 movies, has earned a nasty reputation even by the notorious Bollywood standards with his repeated bad behavior over the last several years.
Salman Khan was also convicted in 2006 for killing Black Buck antelopes, another species on the endangered list. He is on bail in that case while his appeal is pending before the court.
The movie star is also fighting another serious case involving charges of killing a pavement dweller in Mumbai while driving drunk. The actor has denied the charges and the caseÂ shuffles along in the slow Indian court system.
Salman Khan’s latest movie Marigold was a disaster at the box office.
Bollywood stars, it seems,Â have a revolving door with jail. One Bollywood star comes out means another has to go in.
Just as Salman Khan gets ready to surrender, another Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is enjoying his first few days on the outside after being released on bail Wednesday following his conviction by a Special Court for possessing illegal weapons acquired from those involved in the Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in 1993.