Salman Khan acquitted in Arms Act case by Jodhpur CJM court
The Rajasthan High Court had earlier let him walk free in two cases of poaching of chinkara. It was in the direction of the CJM DS Rajpurohit that Khan was brought to court
The Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Jodhpur on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in a case under Arms Act case for using an arm of expired license. The court pronounced the verdict saying prosecution failed to submit enough evidence against the actor.
"He has been given benefit of doubt. We'll decide on appealing against the verdict after analysing the judgement," said the public prosecutor.
"We'll decide on the further action once we receive the copy of the order," lawyer of Vishnoi Samaj said.
Salman Khan's lawyer Hastimal Saraswat responded to the verdict saying, "There was no evidence, we have got justice."
The actor was charged under Arms Act for using arms whose license had expired 18-years-back.
The Rajasthan High Court had earlier let him walk free in two cases of poaching of chinkara. It was in the direction of the CJM DS Rajpurohit that Khan was brought to court.
The case involves alleged killing of an antelope when the actor and his co-stars- Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu- weres shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in the forests of Jodhpur. The 51-year-old actor had spent a week in Jodhpur jail before the court had granted him bail.
Other than the cases of poaching of endangered antelopes under Wildlife (Protection) Act, a case under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act was charged against the star for allegedly keeping and using the firearms with an expired license in the poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur on October 1-2 1998. Both sides completed their arguments on January 9.
Salman Khan had appeared in the CJM court on March 10, 2016 for making his statements, where he had defended his innocence and had stated that he had been framed in the case by the forest department.