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Salman Khan ACQUITTED over hunting of endangered antelope in Rajasthan.

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‘Sultan’ star Salman Khan has been acquitted today in two poaching cases, with the High Court in the state of Rajasthan over-turning earlier rulings that sentenced him to jail time.

Khan, 50, was accused of shooting a species of protected antelopes in two separates incidents dating back to 1998 when the actor was filming in a rural part of the state.

The  court today ruled that there was no evidence to prove that the animals who were found dead were shot by a firearm owned by Khan.

The actor and members of his crew – including two female co-starts – had gone out on a safari during some downtime.

The driver of the jeep that was used by Khan has been missing, weakening the prosecution’s case against the actor.

A third case about Salman Khan’s alleged poaching of endangered blackbuck is yet to be decided in Rajasthan.

The state government must decide now whether to appeal to the Supreme Court to over-rule today’s decision.

In 2006, Khan was sentenced to five years in jail for killing the animals.  He spent a week in prison before being granted bail.

In 2015, the Mumbai High Court overturned the actor’s conviction in a 13-year-old hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a homeless man while driving drunk in Mumbai.

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