Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is always in the news, but many times it's for all the wrong reasons. He had some relief when a Jodhpur court acquitted him in an Arms Act case related to the alleged poaching of two blackbucks 18 years ago. But this is not the first time that Salman's has had a brush with the law. Here are some other instances when Bollywood's 'bad boy' faced legal troubles.
Arms Act case:During the shooting of Sooraj Barjatya's movie, 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998, Salman allegedly went on a shooting expedition along with actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu, killing two blackbucks in Kankani village. He was charged in October 1998, with possessing an unlicensed .22 rifle and a .32 revolver and using them to poach two black bucks at Jodhpur's Kankani village. Following protests by the local Bishnoi community, a case was later filed against Salman and the other actors.
Insulting religion: Hyderabad police on Friday booked actor Salman Khan for hurting religious sentiment of minority community in the TV reality show hosted by him -- 'Bigg Boss 7'. The complaint filed against Salman Khan, 'Big Boss 7' for 'insulting religion' by Mohammed Fasihuddin, a businessman, claimed that show hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim community. An FIR was registered against Salman and producers of the show "Bigg Boss" under section 295 of the Indian Penal Code at Falaknuma police station in the old city of Hyderabad. The police chief said the petition alleged that the show hurt the religious sentiments by depicting "Jannat" (heaven) and "Jahannum" (hell).
Bigg Boss does it again: The complainant has also claimed that certain expressions used by Salman for describing elimination and promotion of participants were offensive. An activist also filed a complaint with the Mumbai Magistrate's Court against producers of a TV reality show Big Boss-7, and anchor Salman Khan, alleging that it hurt religious sentiments. Patil claimed that the show dividesdits participants in two teams: Angels and Devils. The 'Devils' carry tridents, which is in fact the weapon/symbol of Lord Shiva as per the Hindu mythology, so it hurt his sentiments, he claimed. Bones were tied to trident, which too was offensive, the complainant had claimed.
Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan was found guilty on April 5, 2018 in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges. The trial of the case was in progress since the last 20 years. The black buck poaching case involving the superstar dates back to 1998. Actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were accused of poaching two blackbucks in the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998 in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'. Salman even had to spend a few nights in jail in April 2006 after he was handed a five-year jail term. He was granted bail a few days later.
2002-hit-and-run case: There's a reason perhaps why Salman Khan generally sticks to riding the cycle these days. An allegedly drunk Salman reportedly rammed his car into the American Express Cleaners at Bandra, running over four people and killing one in the process. His bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, had said at the time, "I can't drive, it was Salman." Salman's lawyers claim he was neither driving nor drunk. The homicide charges against Salman were dropped after Ravindra died in 2007. On December 2013, the court ordered a fresh trial on the ground that witnesses had not been examined in the context of aggravated charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against Salman midway through the case. On December 10, 2015, Salman was acquitted of all charges in connection with the case.
Cheating case: A complaint case against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, actor Anushka Sharma, film director Ali Zafar Abbas and others was heard in a Bihar court in a case of alleged cheating. Mohammad Sabir Ansari alias Sabir Baba, a resident of Muzaffarpur, in a complaint case filed in the chief judicial magistrate's court on July 2016, had contended that Salman Khan, the hero of Bollywood flick 'Sultan', had promised to give him Rs 20 crore as royalty for making a film based on his life. His counsel Sudhir Kumar Ojha said that Sabir had narrated his tale to Salman Khan in Mumbai in 2010 and the actor then promised the money if a film was made based on it. The case was filed under vaious sections of IPC including 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).
Rape remark: Over the years Salman Khan has developed a reputation of being controversy's favourite child in the industry. He reiterated that image in June 2016 after by stoking another row with his statement that he "felt like a raped woman" during Sultan's shooting. This statement raised a public and media storm with commoners and authorities both upset. The National Commission for Women (NCW) demanded an apology within seven days from the Bollywood superstar.The 50-year-old star, who made the comments during an interview with an entertainment website to promote his latest film 'Sultan', said, "When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn't walk straight." Cases were also registered in various cities against him for his statement.
Trademark infringement om 'Khan Market' name: The traders association of Khan Market in Delhi contemplated legal action against Bollywood star Salman Khan for alleged "trademark infringement" by naming his online shopping portal khanmarketonline.com after the posh South Delhi market. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) then asked the actor to withdraw the "Khan Market" name from his shopping portal 'khanmarketonline.com' which to protect the brand name of the market in New Delhi designated as the most expensive retail location in India. CAIT contended that things sold on 'khanmarketonline' would also be construed as sold by traders of the actual and physical Khan Market, leading to confusion and misunderstandings for consumers. Sales discounts that Salman Khan may offer on products may lead to confusion and embarrassing situations for traders and consumers, they had opined
Hurting religious sentiments: A Delhi court had in June 2016 dismissed a complaint seeking registration of a police case against Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by entering the set of a temple wearing shoes while shooting for the promo of the reality show, 'Bigg Boss 9', in 2015.
FIR for assaulting activist: Ravindra Dwiwedi, who claims to be an activist with one Akhil Bhartiya Bhrashtachar Nirmulan Samiti, an anti-corruption organisation, alleged in April 2015 that Salman and his bodyguards abused and assaulted him on a flight in November last year, and the latter also snatched his papers. The Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate court asked the Airport police to register a case against the actor and his bodyguards, for allegedly assaulting a social activist and snatching his documents when the latter was boarding a flight. According to his complaint, Dwiwedi, on November 4, 2014, was boarding Jet Airways flight 9W331 to Delhi from the domestic terminal, along with other committee members. After entering the flight, Khan allegedly ordered his bodyguards to manhandle Dwiwedi and also snatch the documents on his person
Threatening fishermen: The Bollywood star landed in the thick of another controversy when a Mumbai fisherman's family alleged that he had threatened them. The fisherman had alleged that Khan and his bodyguards asked them to shift their boats and fishing nets, since these blocked the sea view from the Bollywood star's Bandra West suburban residence
Slapping fans and bodyguards: Salman is infamous for his temper and has lost his cool time and again. He has slapped is fans for intruding into his privacy and slapped his bodyguard for misbehaving with his fans. He once slapped one of his bodyguards, who mistakenly hit a fan while protecting the star.
Pushed Aishwarys Rai on sets: A drunk Salman stormed the sets of 'Kuch Naa Kaho' in January 2002 and had a massive fight with Aishwarya Rai. The unit got involved when Salman allegedly pushed Aishwarya. He banged her parked car on the way out and was interrogated the week after
Abusing reporter: While shooting for a film, a photographer had irked him by clicking his photos. Salman had immediately asked his brother to take the camera and delete all the photos taken on the film's sets. In 2013, Salman, who was travelling in a car at the time, had rolled down his window, taken a fans phone and thrown it away for taking his pictures. The same year, he had abused reporter for asking him questions about Ranbir Kapoor and his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif's vacation pictures that leaked online
A 20-year-old case, the Jodhpur court has reached a verdict on Thursday, finding Salman Khan guilty and the others Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam have been acquitted. The actor has been sentenced to jail for 5 years. A penalty of Rs 10,000 was also levied on him. Let's take a look at the chequered history of the numerous courthouse battles he has fought across during his career