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Chinkara poaching case: Rajasthan govt moves SC against Salman Khan’s acquittal

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.
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Troubles do not seem to end for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the Rajasthan government on Wednesday filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against Salman’s acquittal by the High Court in two 18-year-old chinkara poaching cases.

Shiv Mangal Sharma, Additional Advocate General of the Rajasthan government in Supreme Court, said: “Hearing on our SLP is expected to come up some time after Diwali vacations.”

On July 25, the Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur pronounced its verdict in 1998 black buck and chinkara poaching cases and acquitted actor Salman Khan. Salman was accused of killing two chinkaras in 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.

Salman Khan was in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur for the  shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ film at the time.

Salman Khan moved the Jodhpur bench of the High Court to challenge his conviction by a lower court and award of one and five-year terms in the two poaching cases.

The state government too appealed against the lower court’s verdict on different grounds.

On July 25, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, while allowing Salman Khan’s appeal, acquitted him of all charges and also dismissed the state government appeal for enhancing the sentence.

In August, Rajasthan’s Additional Advocate General KL Thakur recommended to the state government to appeal in the Supreme Court against Salman Khan’s acquittal by the High Court.

Khan and seven others were accused of killing a black buck and chinkara in two separate incidents.

Before declaring Salman’s acquittal in July, Salman Khan’s lawyer, said that the two cases were “absolutely false”. The high court, according to media reports, had found the evidence to be insufficient and gave the actor benefit of doubt in the both the cases. The court had also held that the pellets recovered from the Chinkaras were not fired from Khan’s licensed gun.

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