Salman acquitted in Blackbuck, Chinkara cases

The Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur, India has acquitted Salman Khan in the Blackbuck and Chinkara poaching cases.

There were two possibilities before the verdict was announced, reports The Times of India according to TimesNow.

One was that Salman Khan could have walked free and the sentence could have been lowered from 5 years and the second one was that if Salman was convicted, a warrant would have been issued and he could have been jailed.

However, with the court's verdict, acquitting him in both cases is a huge relief to the actor.

Salman had filed an appeal before the High Court challenging the lower court's verdict that had handed him one and five years' imprisonment, respectively, in the two separate cases of poaching, reports The Times of India.

Salman and seven others were accused of killing a blackbuck and a chinkara in two separate incidents. One of the animals was killed at Bhawad on the outskirts of Jodhpur on September 26, 1998, and the other at Ghoda Farms on September 28, 1998, according to Times of India.

At that time, they were shooting for Sooraj Barjatya's family drama, 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.

Source: The Times of India