Rajasthan Government moves to SC to put Salman behind bars
Jodhpur: Rajasthan government has decided to move to Supreme Court against High Court’s order of acquitting Salman Khan of Blackbuck and Chinkara poaching case.
The Jodhpur High Court, on July 26 last, had acquitted Khan in view of lack of evidences against the actor giving him a benefit of doubt in both the cases.
The HC had held that the pellets recovered from the Chinkaras were not fired from Khan's licensed gun. The driver of the jeep that was used by Khan and his co-stars on their alleged hunting mission had been missing which weakened the prosecution's case against the actor.
Salman 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.
Two separate cases had been registered against Khan 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.
Khan had also been jailed in year 2007 for nearly a week for shooting an endangered gazelle in 1998.
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