In a huge blow to the "Dabanng" star Salman Khan and his legions of fans, a Jodhpur court has sentenced him to a 5-year jail term for his role in the 1998 blackbuck killing case. He has previously spent 18 days in total pertaining to this case.

Salman Khan will be spending the night in the Jodhpur Central Jail unless his bail application is heard. His lawyers will have to approach a higher court since, for jail terms more than 3 years, the appeal for bail can only be made to a higher court. Meanwhile, all the other actors who were with Salman Khan on that night - his "Hum Saath Saath Hai" co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari — have been acquitted.

How has the blackbuck killing case unfolded

The blackbuck case has been in progress for the last 19 years. On October 2, 1998, a police complaint was filed against Salman Khan and his four co-stars for allegedly killing two blackbucks in Rajasthan's Jodhpur. Since then, it has been a much-reported event.

On April 10, 2006, the actor was slapped a fine and sentenced to five years in jail. But he soon was out on bail after spending 7 days in jail. Later that year, the sentence was suspended and Salman was ordered to not leave the country unless he has a formal permission, which was likely to affect his shooting schedules.

It was another 10 years until July 25, 2016, when the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman Khan of all charges in the blackbuck killing case.

In an astonishing turn of events, it was ruled by the High Court that due to the lack of evidence, he cannot be held guilty. But later that year, on November 11, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a notice to Khan after it received an appeal by the Rajasthan government that challenged his acquittal in the case and the case was fast-tracked.

Back to today's events

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, at the time of announcing the verdict, called Salman Khan a "habitual offender." As expected, the news has sent shockwaves across the entertainment industry and among his fans. His well-wishers, as well as detractors, are reacting to the news as Twitter and other social media websites are being flooded by their messages and comments.

Director Subhash Ghai who directed Salman Khan in "Yuvvraaj" in 2008 tweeted:

Arjun Rampal has also expressed his shock on Twitter and had this to say:

Jaya Bachchan, when asked how she feels about the verdict, expressed her disappointment, "I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work." Let's see and watch what else unfolds here.