The Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur today has pronounced its verdict in the black buck and chinkara poaching cases related to actor Salman Khan. The Higher court has overturned the lower court’s verdict, and he has been acquitted. The Rajasthan High Court has said that there is no evidence to prove that the animals who were found dead were shot by Mr Khan’s licensed gun.
The actor, was jailed in 2007 for nearly a week for shooting an endangered gazelle in 1998.
Mr Khan and seven others are accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara in two separate incidents. All of these actors were involved in a film shoot for the movie, Hum Saath Saath Hain.
The driver of the jeep that was used by the actor and his co-stars for their alleged hunt has been missing, weakening the case further.
The Bollywood actor had appealed before the high court challenging the lower court’s verdict that had handed him one and five years’ imprisonment, respectively, in the two separate cases of poaching. The hearing was completed in these cases in the last week of May and the decision was reserved by the high court.
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