Salman Khan has been acquitted in the 1998 black buck and chinkara poaching cases, on Monday 25 July.
Justice Nirmaljeet Kaur of Jodhpur High Court pronounced the verdict acquitting Salman Khan in both poaching cases. Khan had been accused of killing a blackbuck and a chinkara in two seperate incidents, in Bhawad near Jodhpur, and in Ghoda farms, Rajasthan.
Another case had been registered in Jodhpur by the forest department of Rajasthan, alleging that the arms used by Salman in the poaching incident were expired and being used illegally.
Salman's lawyer, H M Saraswat spoke to Firspost post the verdict. "The honourable High Court has rejected both jail terms of one year and five years respectively, on both the poaching cases. We have proved in court that documents submitted by the forest departments officials accusing Salman were forged. Additionally, the hair samples and weapon (knife) found in the gypsy does not match the weapon in Salman Khan's room."
Salman Khan had appeared in the court for the same purpose on April 29 last year, for recording his statements. He pleaded innocence but before the court could consider his plea, the defence had moved an application seeking re-examination of 5 prosecution witnesses of the case. For these two cases, Salman's sister Alvira Khan was present for the hearing.
Bora argued that Dulani was never available to them for cross examination and hence his statements could not be relied upon in conviction of Khan. He also argued that both of these cases have been built on circumstantial evidences and there was no eye-witness or any material evidence against Khan.
At that time of the alleged incidents Khan was shooting for the film Hum Sath Sath Hain in Jodhpur.