Jodhpur, January 18: Bollywood star and veteran actor Salman Khan on Wednesday acquitted in the Arms act case by Jodhpur court on the basis of benefit of the doubt.
Salman Khan has got a major relief from Jodhpur Court, as he is now acquitted in the 18-year long case for carrying illegal firearms and killing of deer. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit announced the judgment within minutes of the actor’s arrival in the court.
Earlier, Salman khan’s lawyer had argued there was no evidence that he was carrying firearms, and that he was only carrying air guns. The actor had also said he was framed. The case also involves the killing of deer allegedly when Salman Khan and his co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, were shooting for a film in the forests near Jodhpur in 1998.
The case under Sections 3/25 and 3/27 the Arms Act, had been filed by the police against Salman Khan in October 1998, according to which, Salman had kept the point 22 rifle and point 32 revolver without a valid licence and used them during poaching of two black bucks in village Kankani in Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998. The case was filed by the forest department.
Of the four cases against him, Khan has already been acquitted in three cases of poaching by the high court while two other cases are in the final stage. Maximum sentence in Section 3/25 is 3 years while Section 3/27 has 7 years as the maximum sentence.
Meanwhile, other Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are also accused in the case of Poaching Chinkara are called on 25th of January to record their statement. Interestingly, total four cases were registered against Salman out of this three were related to hunting and one for carrying illegal arms in Jodhpur police station.