Bollywood Actor Salman Khan (Left) and rare species blackbuck (right)
Bollywood Actor Salman Khan (Left) and rare species blackbuck (right)

The Rajasthan government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against high court’s order of acquitting bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 1998 Blackbuck-Chinkara Poaching Case.

The Rajasthan High Court had pronounced its verdict in the poaching cases and acquitted actor Salman Khan on July 25.  Khan and seven others were accused of killing a black buck and chinkara in two separate incidents.

The court held that the pellets recovered from the Chinkaras were not fired from Khan’s licensed gun. The driver of the jeep that was used by Khan and his co-stars on their alleged hunting mission has been missing, weakening the prosecution’s case against the movie star. Khan, 50, was jailed in 2007 for nearly a week for shooting an endangered gazelle in 1998.

Appeals of Khan against sentence in the two cases relating to poaching of Chinkaras in Bhawad and Mathania was allowed by the high court which acquitted him in both the cases.  Justice Nirmal Jit Kaur rejected the plea of the state government against the actor.

Two separate cases had been registered against Khan under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998.