In October 1998, Salman Khan was booked under the Arms Act for alleged possession and use of arms with expired license during poaching of two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, at village Kankani near Jodhpur.
Today was the judgment day and it will come as a relief to all Sallu fans that he has been acquitted in the case after 19 years of legal battle. The Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur district), on the benefit of doubt, has declared him a free man.
When Khan last appeared in the court on March 10, 2016 to record his statements, he had pleaded not guilty and had stated that he had been framed in the case by the forest department.
During the arguments, while the defence had argued that there was evidence against Khan in the case and he was framed by the forest department, the prosecution had argued that there were adequate evidence against Khan for use and possession of the arms with expired license.
A case under Sections 3/25 and 3/27 had been filed by the police against Khan in October 1998, according to which, Khan had kept the .22 rifle and .32 revolver and used them during poaching of two black bucks in village Kankani in Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998.
Out of the four cases filed against him, the Rajasthan High Court has acquitted him in two cases of poaching of chinkara. His trial in the third case of alleged poaching of two blackbucks is also currently in court.
This incident took place when he was shooting for his film Hum Saath Saath Hai in Jodhpur. Khan has already served time in the Jodhpur jail twice – in April 2006 and August 2007.