Eighteen years back during the shoot of “Hum Saath Saath Hain” Bollywood actor Salman Khan faced multiple lawsuits for killing two endangered animals “Chinkaras” and two “Blackbucks” under the Arms Act.
On January 18, 2017, Salman Khan was to be present in the Rajasthan’s Jodhpur court for the hearing. He has been given the benefit of doubt by the court which declared him ” not guilty” for keeping a non-licensed weapon and alleged hunting of blackbuck and chinkara in 1998. He was charged in several cases of poaching.
Salman arrived in the white shirt with his sister Alvira and within few minutes he was let off. His lawyer had previously argued that Salman has air guns and there is no substantial evidence that he had firearms. He also stated that Salman Khan was framed by forest officials. The eyewitness claimed by the prosecution did not show up. As per the judge, the post-mortem reports listed two different causes for deer’s death – gunshot wound and dog bite.
Out of four cases, Salman Khan has ben acquitted in two of the poaching cases whereas the third case is in the final phase. The four of the actors: Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu will appear in the Jodhpur court on January 25. They have to record the statements related to the case. After Salman Khan left the court, he tweeted: