The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to actor Salman Khan on Rajasthan Government’s appeal against his acquittal in the Chinkara poaching case. The state government had approached the top court last month against the acquittal of the actor by the Rajasthan High court in July this year after a popular uproar.
While pronouncing its judgment, the High Court had said that the prosecution failed to prove charges against the actor. It also added that the evidence against the actor was too thin for conviction. The move by the Rajasthan Government to move the Supreme Court had come almost a year after Salman Khan was also acquitted in the controversial 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court, which had also triggered outrage and questions were asked among general public as to whether the actor had used star power subvert the judicial system.
Chinkaras are a protected animals and hunting them is banned by the government. Salman Khan was accused of hunting two chinkaras in September 1998 in a village near Jodhpur and another one two days later. The other co-accused in the case have been let off. At the time, the actor was shooting for the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. During the trial, the Rajasthan High Court had observed that the prosecution failed even to prove that a deer had even died as no carcasses were found.