Celebrities like Salman Khan have a duty to behave as role models

Celebrities like Salman Khan have a duty to behave as role models

Khan, accompanied by bodyguard, Shera, landed at the General Aviation Terminal of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and drove straight to his home.

Khan was convicted Thursday and sentenced to five years in prison and was immediately sent to jail.

The blackbuck is an endangered species protected under the Indian Wildlife Act. Television footage later showed police escorting him to jail in Jodhpur, in the western state of Rajasthan.

Khan has almost $90 million riding on his projects in coming months with at least three films in the pipeline, analysts say.

On the other hand in Mumbai, several thousand, ranging from toddlers in arms to youth, elderly men and women, many carrying placards and banners with Salman's pictures were seen waiting eagerly at both the Mumbai airport and outside his Galaxy Apartments after he was granted bail by the Jodhpur district and the session court.

Local news said Khan planned to appeal against the sentence.

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Salman, who was imprisoned for five years by a Jodhpur court on Thursday, spent two nights in the prison.

But while his fans and producers of costly upcoming films may be relieved, Khan still faces a major courtroom drama.

Four other Bollywood stars - Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari - who were also accused in the case were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

In 2015, Bombay High Court overturned his conviction in a hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a group of people sleeping on a city sidewalk, killing one and injuring four.

The 52-year-old Khan has starred in more than 90 Hindi-language films.

The judges found that prosecutors had failed to prove charges of culpable homicide.

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