The Rajasthan government has filed twin appeals in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of actor Salman Khan in two chinkara poaching cases in Jodhpur.
The Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur on July 25 acquitted Salman Khan, who was accused of killing two chinkaras in separate incidents.
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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 shooting for the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ at the time.
In 2006, a trial court in Jodhpur had sentenced Salman to five years and a year of imprisonment in both cases respectively. The states additional advocate general Shiv Mangal has now moved the Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) in the apex court.
“Hearing on our SLP is expected to come up some time after Diwali vacations,” Shiv Mangal Sharma, Additional Advocate General of the Rajasthan government in Supreme Court.
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.