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Salman Khan acquitted in Arms Act case; Prosecution fails to provide conclusive evidence
Salman Khan has been acquitted in the Arms Act case. The case was being heard by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court of Jodhpur on Wednesday.

The court acquitted the actor and Bigg Boss 10 host Salman Khan in connection with an Arms Act case file in 1998. Salman had been charged with possession and use of a weapon, the licence of which had expired.

"Salman Khan (has been) acquitted in the Arms Act case after the prosecution failed to provide conclusive evidence," ANI quoted Khan's lawyer.

"He was charged under two sections of the Arms Act and he has been cleared in both," Hastimal Saraswat, a defence lawyer, told reporters outside the court in Jodhpur city.

Saraswat had earlier also claimed that the guns Khan was possessing were actually air guns.

Khan is also accused of shooting a blackbuck (chinkara) with the same gun but the prosecution failed to provide enough evidence for the same.

Khan had been accused of shooting a blackbuck in October 1998 in Rajasthan, where he was shooting for the movie 'Hum Saath Saath Hain.' He was earlier acquitted in the blackbuck poaching case, but his acquittal has been challenged by the Rajasthan government in the Supreme Court.

"Thank you for all the support and good wishes," Khan wrote on Twitter while expressing his gratitude to his fans and supporters.

In the arms case, the State is likely to move the Supreme Court and challenge the acquittal.

"He has been given benefit of doubt. We'll decide on appealing after analysing the judgment," Indian Express quoted government sources said.

Khan had however refuted the charges against him and had alleged that the forest department was trying to frame him.

Out of the three cases filed against him, Khan has been acquitted in three.

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