A Jodhpur Court acquitted Bollywood Actor Salman Khan in the 19 years old illegal arms act case. It’s a double victory for Salman khan. Salman Khan was today acquitted of all charges in the Arms Act case against him in the alleged poaching of two black bucks. 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.
Chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit gave his verdict on a case against the actor for allegedly possessing illegal arms during the shoot of his film Hum Saath Saath Hain in Jodhpur in 1998. On January 9, the court had reserved its judgement after hearing the concluding arguments from both sides.
The case against Khan was registered under the Arms Act by Rajasthan police in October, 1998 for alleged use and possession of arms with expired license. The guns were allegedly used for poaching the two black bucks in Kankani village. The case was filed by the forest department. Final arguments of the case had started on December 9, 2016 and today the court acquitted Salman.
Arms Act Case: Timeline
October 15, 1998 – Forest guard Gordhan Singh files FIR at Luni police station accusing Salman Khan and his companions of killing black bucks on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998 in Kankani.
It was alleged that Salman Khan had sent his licensed weapons to Mumbai. Police call for the weapons from Mumbai and seize them. Case registered against Salman under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act.
July 28, 2000 – Police file charge-sheet against Salman under the Arms Act.
Febuary 27, 2006 – Charges framed against Salman Khan. Rajasthan high court’s Jodhpur bench seeks case records in a revision petition filed by the Rajasthan government. The documents stay in Jodhpur from 2006 to 2014
Prosecution witnesses – At least 20 witnesses questioned. Statement of Salman also recorded.
Defence witnesses – Only 1 witness was produced. Judgment reserved
Salman’s other legal tangles
Bhawad hunting case – The chief judicial magistrate’s court on February 17, 2006 sentenced Salman Khan for a year in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 5000 for hunting two chinkaras in Bhawad village on the night of September 26, 2006. Actor Satish Shah and seven other accused were acquitted. The Rajasthan high court on July 25, 2015 acquits Khan of all charges. The state government files appeal before Supreme Court, which is pending consideration.
Ghora farm hunting case – The CJM’s court on April 10, 2006 sentenced Khan to five years imprisonment and fined Rs 25000 in a chinkara hunting case on the night of September 28, 1998. Co-accused Govind Singh was convicted for one year while four others were acquitted. The district and sessions court upheld the conviction of Khan. On July 2, 2015 the high court acquitted Khan of all charges. The state government filed an appeal before the Supreme Court, which is pending consideration.
Kankani hunting case – Khan along with Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, Sonali Bendre, Dushyant and Dinesh Ganware were accused of hunting two black bucks on the night of October 1, 1998. The hearing in the case at the CJM court is in its final phase.
Illegal possession of arms – A case of illegal possession of arms was separately lodged against Khan as the license of the arms he used while hunting on the night of October 1-2, 1998 had expired.