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Prison term for Indian thesp

Khan found guilty of poaching

MUMBAI — Bollywood actor Salman Khan, found guilty of poaching protected Chinkara gazelle in 1998, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 25,000 rupees ($550) by Chief Judicial Magistrate B.K. Jain, in the western Indian city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Monday.

Khan was taken into custody but could be freed while on appeal.

He is already appealing a one-year jail sentence, handed down in February, for poaching black buck.

Khan and fellow thesps Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu were filming Rajashri Prods.’ “Hum saath saath hain” (We Are United) at the time of the incident and have been indicted in two more poaching cases due to come up later.

Khan, one of Bollywood’s most profitable stars, toplined Anees Bazmee-helmed “No Entry,” one of 2005’s top grossers, which made $10 million.

As is common in Bollywood, Khan is making at least five films including two with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan — the Ravi Chopra-helmed BR Films’ “Baabul” and Rumi Jaffery-helmed “God tussi Great ho.”

Khan is also signed for Sony Pictures first Indian co-production, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Saawariya” (Beloved).