Salman acquitted in Arms Act case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was, on January 18, acquitted court in an Arms Act case in which he was alleged to have killed blackbucks in 1998.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit, after completing the hearing on the case, on January 9, had reserved the judgement for January 18. Salman and sister Alvira were present in court when it was announced that the actor was not guilty.

Salman Khan and a few other Bollywood actors were accused of poaching blackbucks on the night of October 1, 1998, during the shooting of Hindi film Hum Saath Saath Hain. The actor was also accused of carrying and using illegal arms. A case under the Arms Act was registered against him.

The Rajasthan High Court had, in July last year, acquitted Salman Khan in another case, also related to the chinkara poaching. Salman had moved the Jodhpur bench of the High Court, challenging a lower court verdict handing him a one-and a five year term in two separate cases of poaching. In July 2016, the High Court, while allowing the appeal of Salman Khan, acquitted him of all the charges and also dismissed the appeal filed by the state government to enhance the sentence.