SC reserves verdict on Salman's plea to stay conviction

The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on the Rajasthan government's petition seeking to vacate a stay on conviction of Bollywood star Salman Khan, who was found guilty and sentenced to five year in prison by a Rajasthan court, in the black buck killing case. The Rajasthan Court stayed the conviction, pending the actor's appeal against the trial court verdict, after Khan complained that suspension of sentence and grant of bail did not facilitate a visa from UK authorities, and several important films featuring him in the lead role are stuck in the pipeline as it involves filming in the UK. Before reserving their verdict the Bench took into account Salman's age and equality before the law. Khan was convicted in separate cases of poaching of two chinkaras, and one black buck in 1998.