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Salman Khan acquitted in blackbuck, chinkara poaching cases by the Rajasthan High Court
Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been acquitted in the 1998 blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases by the Rajasthan High Court. Khan's sister Alvira arrived at the high court along with their lawyer in the case in which Khan and seven others were accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara in two distinct cases. In a big relief to the actor, the court has acquitted him in both the cases.

Earlier, while challenging the lower court's verdict that ordered him one and five years' punishment in two separate cases of poaching, Khan had appealed before the Rajasthan High Court. Apart from Salman Khan, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also charged in the poaching case.

Salman Khan had been convicted under the Wild Life Act for poaching a chinkara in February 2006. Actually, the incident had taken place at Bhawad near Jodhpur in September 1998, during the shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. The actor was sentenced to one-year imprisonment along with imposition of a fine of Rs 5,000 in one case.

In another case, he was sentenced to five years by the Rajasthan High Court in 2007 for hunting a blackbuck during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. Khan had to spend six days in Jodhpur Central Jail before his sentence was suspended.

Later, he appealed to the high court that dropped charges under the Arms Act against him. While one animal was killed on September 26, 1998, at Bhawad (on the outskirts of Jodhpur), the other was killed at Ghoda Farms on September 28, 1998.

Salman was charged with Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act in fresh charges. Significantly, blackbuck is a protected animal and hunting or poaching it is a punishable offense. Here's how twitteraties choose to react to this development:

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