Another ‘benefit of doubt’ benefits Salman Khan, acquitted by Jodhpur Court


Jodhpur : Bollywood actor Salman Khan was acquitted by a Jodhpur court in an 1998 Arms Act case linked to killing of a blackbuck 18 years ago in Rajasthan. Khan had pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges of violating the law by keeping unlicensed weapons and using them. Acquitting the actor, the court said that the prosecution failed to submit enough evidence against the actor.

In March 2016, the Bombay High Court suspended the actor’s five-year prison sentence in a hit-and-run case. He was convicted for killing a homeless man with his SUV on a night out drinking in September 2002.


The case involves the killing of deer allegedly when Salman Khan and his co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, were shooting for a film in the forests near Jodhpur in 1998.

Chief Judicial Mesgsitrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit, after completing the hearing on January 9 in a case registered in 1999, had reserved the judgement for today.

“Justice has won. The prosecution completely failed to prove charges under sec 3/25, 3/27 of Arms Act,” Salman’s lawyer HS Saraswat told India Today.


“He has been given benefit of doubt. We’ll decide on appealing against the verdict after analysing the judgement,” said the public prosecutor.

With PTI inputs


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