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The "Sultan" of Bollywood, Salman Khan, was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail by a Jodhpur court for killing two blackbucks in 1998. But Mr. Khan appealed the decision to the Rajasthan High Court, and the sentence was quickly suspended after a brief period in jail.

The 52-year-old actor, who was at the hearing in Jodhpur, in Rajasthan state, was also handed a 10,000 rupee (£109) fine as he was led into custody.

Khan was the only one convicted however, as the others all walked free; it is thought that the traditional community Bishnois, who helped to file the case, will appeal against the acquittal.

Khan pleaded not guilty and has long maintained his innocence as the case has languished in legal limbo over the years. His defense had pleaded for probation or minimum punishment, arguing that he had been acquitted by higher courts and was involved in social service. And although his co-stars-in-crimes' (Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam) slates have been wiped clean, we should be thankful to the Jodhpur Court for not bowing down to Salman's fame and stardom.

He remains one of Bollywood's biggest draws, starring in more than 100 films and television shows.

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

The final arguments in the case were heard on March 28. Fellow Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, at number 8 on the list, is the only Indian actor to have earned more than him previous year.

Khan has had a history of run-ins with the law.

In an unrelated case, he was acquitted in December 2015 of shooting and killing a gazelle and two antelopes in separate incidents, after previously being convicted by a lower court. He has been acquitted in the other three cases by various courts.

The blackbuck is an endangered species and is protected under Indian law.

The son of Indian screenwriter Salim Khan, Salman Khan made his movie debut in 1988, and his career took off shortly after.

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

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