In a major relief for actor Salman Khan, a district and sessions court in Jodhpur on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the Rajasthan government against the actor in connection with the blackbuck poaching case.
Notably, the government in its plea had contended that the actor had submitted a false affidavit in connection with his arms license in the court in 2003.
Rajasthan govt had filed an appeal
The trial court had in June 2019 absolved Khan of the allegation of filing a false affidavit. But the state government had filed an appeal against this order in the district and sessions court.
Arguments on the applications were completed on Tuesday and judge Raghvendra Kachhwala reserved the order for February 11.
Khan had filed the affidavit in the court in 2003 in the case against him under Arms Act stating that he had lost his arms license.
The prosecution had argued that he had submitted a false affidavit as his license was not lost but submitted for renewal.
Arguments of Salman Khan
Salman Khan’s counsel HM Saraswat said, “We argued that it was not intentional to submit this affidavit as Khan was a busy actor and had no exact idea about his license at that time.”
He argued that if the accused has submitted a false affidavit by mistake and he has no advantage of such an act, he should be forgiven and absolved from the allegations.
The prosecution had already completed its arguments in the matter while the defence concluded on Tuesday.
The matter is linked to a case against Khan under the Arms Act, in which the actor had been accused of keeping arms with an expired license and using them for poaching.
Case lodged against Salman Khan in 1998
In the year 1998, a case was lodged against Salman Khan and two others by the Bishnoi community for killing blackbuck at three different locations near Jodhpur. He was arrested on October 12, 1998, but was granted bail after five days.
The actor has challenged the five-year sentence given to him by the trial court. On April 5, 2018, the chief judicial magistrate had sentenced Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks, an endangered antelope, in 1998.
The court had also fined him Rs 10,000 while convicting him under the Wildlife Protection Act. The district and sessions court in Jodhpur suspended the sentence on April 7, 2018, and granted Salman conditional bail.
The state government had filed an appeal against Salman Khan’s acquittal in the case.
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