Rajasthan high court acquits Salman Khan in Chinkara poaching cases

Rajasthan high court acquits Salman Khan in Chinkara poaching cases

The Rajasthan high court in Jodhpur has acquitted actor Salman Khan in two cases of chinkara poaching, overturning a lower court verdict in the 17-year-old cases.
The actor had challenged the lower court’s orders that had handed him one and five years’ imprisonment in the two cases. The high court on May 13 reserved the decision after completing the hearing in the matter.
The verdict will come as a huge relief to the actor whose latest film Sultan is running successfully across the country.
The actor had spent eight days in the Jodhpur central jail in 2006 after being found guilty.
Chinkaras, or Indian gazelles, are a protected species and hunting them is banned. The actor was accused to hunting two chinkaras on September 26, 1998 in Bhawad village area of Jodhpur and another one two days later. Seven other accused in the Bhawad case were let off.
The actor was shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain at that time. Two cases against Khan – black-buck hunting and possessing illegal arms – are still being heard by trial courts in the state.

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