A Jodhpur court on Wednesday in its judgement acquitted the Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the Arms Act case in the alleged poaching of two black bucks.
Chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit gave his verdict on the case against the actor. The court gave him the benefit of doubt in the Arms Act case. He was also charged for allegedly poaching endangered antelopes under Wildlife (Protection) Act and for possessing illegal arms at the time of the shoot of his film Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998 in Jodhpur.
After the verdict, Salman’s lawyer HS Saraswat has claimed that the prosecution has failed to prove the charges against his client and that “justice has won”. “Justice has won. Prosecution completely failed to prove charges under sec 3/25, 3/27 of Arms Act.”
The actor’s 0.32 revolver and 0.22 rifle had expired licences and the cases were filed under Sections 3/27 and 3/25. The maximum sentence in Section 3/27 is seven years and in Section 3/25 is generally three years.
Salman Khan arrived on yesterday in Jodhpur with his sister Alveera. He was present in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate where the verdict was given.
The prosecution counsel Bhawani Singh Bhati said they would appeal against the actor’s acquittal in the session’s court. He stated that on January 9, the arguments in the case were completed in the trial court and the order had been reserved by the magistrate to be pronounced today.
During the arguments, the defence argued that the forest department framed him in the case. On the other side, the prosecution argued that they had enough evidence against him for the use and possession of the arms with an expired license.
Four cases were lodged against him and the high court has already acquitted the film star in the two cases of poaching. The third case of poaching is in the final stage.