Actor Salman Khan has been acquitted today in two poaching cases, with the Rajasthan High Court over-turning earlier verdicts that sentenced him to jail time.
Salman Khan, 50, has been accused of protected antelopes or chinkara in separate incidents in 1998 while filming a movie in the desert state. The High Court today said there was no evidence to prove that the animals who were found dead were shot by Mr Khan’s licensed gun.
The driver of the jeep that was used by Salman Khan and his co-stars for their alleged hunt has been missing, weakening the prosecution’s case against the movie star, who was not required to attend today’s court session.
A third case about Salman Khan’s alleged poaching of endangered blackbuck is yet to be decided in Rajasthan.