Rajasthan moves SC against Salman Khan's acquittal in poaching case

The state government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Rajasthan high court verdict acquitting the actor of killing chinkaras back in 1998.

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Mayur Lookhar

He was freed by the Rajasthan high court, but Salman Khan knew the battle was far from won. According to ANI, the Rajasthan government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the acquittal granted by the high court in wildlife poaching cases dating back to 1998.

Khan had moved the high court against a lower court verdict that had sentenced him to a year in jail in one poaching case and five years in another.

The chinkara, or Indian gazelle, an antelope, is an endangered species. Khan was accused of poaching chinkara in two separate incidents, one near Jodhpur and the other at a place called Ghoda Farms.

The actor was twice lodged in prison as an undertrial in connection with the cases.

After the high court verdict in the chinkara case, NDTV, a television news channel, spoke to the missing driver of the SUV which Salman Khan had used during the alleged shootings. The driver, Harish Dulani, told the channel that he saw Khan shooting the endangered deer.

Dulani claimed that he was under pressure not to speak against the actor and so stayed away from the crucial hearing in the high court in July. He sought protection as a witness. It remains to be seen if the government produces him as a witness in the Supreme Court.