Bollywood actor Salman Khan was has been acquitted by a court in an Arms Act case related to the alleged poaching of two blackbucks 18 years ago.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpuroti acquitted Salman, who along with his sister Alvira was present in the court. Besides the cases of poaching of endangered antelopes under Wildlife (Protection) Act, a case under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act was filed against Khan for allegedly keeping and using the fire arms with expired licence in the alleged poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998.
Arguments by both the sides in this case were completed on January 9. The actor's counsel H M Saraswat had earlier said, "We had argued in the court that there was no evidence that Khan was carrying fire arms either during his stay here or during alleged poaching. What he was found in possession with, were actually air guns."
The case under the Arms Act is one of the four cases against the actor. While the Rajasthan High Court has acquitted him in two cases of poaching of chinkara, trial in the third case of alleged poaching of two blackbucks is on. A large number of the actor's fans were also present near the court premises.
While pronouncing Salman's acquittal, the magistrate said the prosecution could not prove the case of possession and use of fire arms with expired license. Hailing the decision, defence counsel Saraswat said the court "admitted our arguments that Khan was framed in this case".
Prosecution counsel B S Bhati said that they would appeal against the acquittal in the sessions court after studying the judgement.
Salman Khan also thanked his fans for support and good wishes. He wrote on Twitter, "Thank you for all the support and good wishes"
Thank you for all the support and good wishes