Rajasthan, Jan 18, 2017: A Jodhpur Sessions court on Wednesday acquitted Salman Khan in the Arms Act case after the prosecution failed to provide conclusive evidence.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit, after completing the hearing on January 9 in the case, had reserved the judgement for Wednesday.
The case was registered against superstar for allegedly keeping and using firearms with the expired licence in the poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur in October 1998.
He and his sister Alvira who arrived in the city yesterday evening were present in the court when it announced the actor not guilty.
The actor was in Jodhpur to shoot Hindi film Hum Saath Saath Hain when the incident happened. In addition to three poaching cases that have been filed against him, Khan has served time in the Jodhpur jail that to twice – in April 2006 and August 2007.
While Khan was found guilty by the lower court, he was acquitted by the High Court.
Then, Salman Khan and the state government challenged the lower court verdict on various grounds.
In July 2016, the High Court, while allowing the appeal of Salman Khan, acquitted him of all the charges and also dismissed the appeal filed by the state government to enhance the sentence.
The Rajasthan government filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the actor’s acquittal.