Bollywood actor Salman Khan was today acquitted of all charges in the Arms Act case against him in the alleged poaching of two black bucks.
“Salman Khan (has been) acquitted in the Arms Act case after the prosecution failed to provide conclusive evidence,” the film star’s lawyer said, ANI reported.
The court’s verdict has come as a sigh of relief not just for the actor but to all his fans and followers.
Salman took to twitter to express his gratitude to his fans. He tweeted:
A case against the film star was registered in October 1998 under the Arms Act for his alleged use and possession of arms with an expired license during the alleged poaching of two black bucks in Kankani village.
The Magistrate pronounced his order holding Mr. Khan not guilty in the court where the actor along with his sister Alveera was present. A huge crowd of fans, who had gathered outside the court building, cheered the verdict which gave benefit of doubt to Mr. Khan.
The defence lawyers, who had pleaded that Mr. Khan was innocent and had been framed in the case, said justice had been rendered by the court. Mr. Khan was acquitted in two cases of poaching of chinkaras in July last year, but he still faces trial in the Kankani village issue, which is yet to be concluded.
Salman’s 0.22 rifle and 0.32 revolver had expired licenses and cases were filed under Sections 3/25 and 3/27. The maximum sentence in Section 3/25 is usually three years while Section 3/27 has seven years as the maximum sentence.
The film star was present in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur district), where the verdict was pronounced. He arrived in Jodhpur yesterday with his sister Alveera and his advocates.
Hailing the decision defense counsel H M Saraswat said “the court admitted our arguments that Khan was framed in this case as he had no concrete evidence against him.”
On the other hand, the prosecution counsel BS Bhati said they would appeal against the acquittal in the sessions court.
According to the prosecution counsel Bhawani Singh Bhati, the arguments in the case were completed on January 9 in the trial court and the order had been reserved by the magistrate to be pronounced today.
During the arguments, while the defence had argued that there was no evidence against Salman in the case and he was framed by the forest department, the prosecution argued that there were adequate evidence against the film star for the use and possession of the arms with an expired license.
Of the four cases against him, Khan has already been acquitted in two cases of poaching by the high court while a third case of poaching is in its final stage.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in the court premises in view of Salman’s appearance with nearly 150 policemen deployed.
A large number of the actor’s fans were also present near the court premises.