Dabangg’ actor Salman Khan has been acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court today in connection with 1998 chinkara poaching case. Salman Khan’s sister Alvira arrived in Rajasthan High Court with their lawyer. Khan and seven others were accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara in two separate incidents.
But the High Court today said there was no evidence to prove that the animals that were found dead were shot by Mr Khan’s licensed gun. The Bollywood actor has reportedly been given the benefit of doubt.
According to Indian media, Salman Khan’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat said he has been given relief in both cases. “When the court asked for the bullets recovered it was proved that they were not fired from that gun,” Saraswat said.
The actor was not present in court when the verdict was announced.
Salman was convicted to five years in prison under the ‘Wild Life Act’ by the Rajasthan High Court for hunting a blackbuck, the incidents allegedly happened when the actor was shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s film, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. He spent six days in Jodhpur Central Jail before being granted bail. Later, the High Court dropped charges under Arms Act against him on his appeal. One of the animals was killed at Bhawad on the outskirts of Jodhpur on September 26, 1998, and the other at Ghoda Farms on September 28, 1998.