Salman’s woes have just begun
The woes of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the Indian gazelle (chinkara deer) poaching case are not over yet. The Rajasthan government has moved the Supreme Court against his acquittal by the High Court in the two 18-year-old cases in which Khan was accused of killing two chinkara deer on two separate occasions. The meat of this type of deer is supposed to be a connoisseur’s delight.
Khan was convicted by the trial court of one year and five years respectively in both cases. However, the Jodhpur Bench of Rajasthan High Court acquitted him in both cases. Now the special leave petition (SLP) is filed by the state government seeking to order Khan to surrender and undergo the remaining part of his sentence.
Khan allegedly went on a hunting spree during a film (Hum Saath Saath Hai) shooting in 1998 in the state and killed these rare endangered species of animals. While the trial court has convicted him to undergo imprisonment for a term of one year in one case and five years in the other shooting, the high court said there was no evidence to prove that Khan shot the endangered species of animals from his licensed gun while acquitting him. The driver of his jeep in which Khan allegedly traveled went missing but later on he said that he was threatened but stated that he did see Salman Khan shooting the animals with his licensed gun.
Additional Advocate General for Rajasthan Shiv Mangal Sharma said that the petition would be taken up after Deepawali vacations of the supreme court.
Khan was earlier accused of shooting another protected species of animals, blackbuck antelope on October 2, 1998. The trial, in that case, is being heard separately.
Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the Rajasthan high court in the instant case of the killing of the Indian gazelles on July 25 also dismissed the state government plea to enhance Salman Khan’s conviction while acquitting him.
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.
Khan was also involved in a drunken driving case in which he allegedly killed a pavement dweller and the case is waiting for justice.
He recently plunged himself into a new controversy involving the Pakistani artistes.
Is the old adage “Show me the man, I will show you the law”being applied to the matinee idol.