Rajasthan HC acquits Salman Khan in Blackbuck poaching case
Jodhpur: In a major relief to actor Salman Khan, the Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur has absolved him of the charges of poaching of endangered species of Chinkara deer and Blackbuck.
The lower court, in two separate cases, had convicted Salman Khan in 2007 on the charge of killing protected species in Kankana village near Jodhpur in 1998. He was handed imprisonment of one year and five year respectively and had to spend sometime in jail also.
Challenging the order of the lower court, the actor had appealed in the High Court which had suspended the sentence and allowed him to go to United Kingdom for shooting.
The date of pronouncement of the verdict was fixed for Monday in which the court acquitted him of the charges. The hearing in this case was completed in last week of May and the court had reserved the judgement.
It may be recalled that the incident had taken place during the shooting of Bollywood movie 'Hum Sath Sath Hain', when he along with seven others was held accused of killing the protected animals.