Actor Salman Khan acquitted in blackbuck, chinkara poaching cases by Rajasthan High Court


JODHPUR:  The Rajasthan High Court has acquitted Actor Salman Khan on Monday for Jodhpur blackbuck and chinkara poaching case.

A case was filed against Salman Khan for two separate cases in 1998. He was accused of killing a blackbuck and a chinkara.

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The actor had plea to the Rajasthan high court challenging a lower court's verdict that convicted him and sentenced him to one and five years in jail for the two cases of poaching.

Salman was charged under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998.

In both the cases, the trial court (CJM) had convicted him sentencing to one year and 5 year imprisonment on February 17, 2006 and April 10, 2006 respectively.

The convictions were challenged by Khan in the sessions court, which dismissed appeal in Mathania's case and transferred appeal to high court in Bhawad's case, where already two appeals by the state government had been pending.

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The hearing of the case was announced on November 16, 2015 and were completed on May 13, 2016, after which justice Nirmal Jit Kaur had reserved her judgement.

Defence Counsel Mahesh Bora said, “Khan had been falsely framed in these cases, merely on the statements of a key witness Harish Dulani, the driver of the vehicle, which was allegedly used in poaching in both these cases.”

Moreover, when the incident happened, Khan was shooting for the film "Hum Sath Sath Hain" in Jodhpur.