In a huge relief for Salman Khan, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted the “Sultan” actor in the blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases of 1998.
Justice Nirmaljeet Kaur of Jodhpur principal seat of High Court pronounced the verdict acquitting Salman Khan in both poaching cases.
Salman had, earlier, appealed before the High Court challenging the lower court’s verdict that had handed him one and five years’ imprisonment, respectively, in the two separate cases of poaching.
The hearing was completed in these cases in the last week of May and the decision was reserved by the High Court.
Khan and seven others were accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara in two separate incidents.
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.
At that time, Salman and seven other Bollywood actors were shooting for the Bollywood film “Hum Sath Sath Hain”.
A case was registered against Khan under the Arms Act for alleged possession and use of arms with expired licence during poaching of two black bucks at village Kankani near Jodhpur in October, 1998.
(With IANS inputs)