The Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur on Monday acquitted actor Salman Khan in the Blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases.
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.
A case had been registered against Khan under the Arms Act for alleged possession and use of arms with expired licence during poaching of two black bucks at village Kankani near Jodhpur in October, 1998.
Salman was convicted in 2007 for hunting and killing two endangered Chinkara Deer and one Black Buck in Rajasthan in 1998. He has spent time in a Jodhpur jail twice. Both animals are protected and killing them is a punishable offence.
In 2007, he was sentenced to five years in jail and is currently out on bail in the case. But in 2013, the Rajasthan High Court suspended the conviction to make it easier for the actor to travel to the United Kingdom to shoot for a film.
The Rajasthan Government had challenged the High Court’s order suspending the actor’s conviction.