High Court (India)

January 19, 2017

Prosecution Failed To Prove Charges Against Salman Khan: HC


A Jodhpur court has finally pronounced its verdict on the 19-year-old Arms Act case. Bollywood actor Salman Khan was accused of carrying fire-arms with expired licence during a hunting trip in 1998, has been acquitted of all charges.

In the 102-page judgment, CJM Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit ruled that the prosecution failed to prove charges framed against the actor under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Indian Arms Act.

Salman’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat welcomed the verdict, so did a large number of his fans gathered outside the court since morning. “In the 102 page judgment, the court found that the prosecution had completely failed to prove the charges,” he said.

“We have always said that the evidence, documents and the entire case was fabricated to frame Salman. What was (forest officer) Lalit Bora’s interest in this?” Saraswat asked.

Prosecution lawyer Bhawani Singh Bhati said that the government will take a call about appealing against the judgment after analysing the order.

The Rajasthan government has already moved the Supreme Court via a special leave petition against Salman’s acquittal by the High Court last year in two cases under the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching Chinkaras.

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