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  • Salman Khan gets an acquittal for his 1998 Arms Act case

    January 19, 2017

    Salman and a few other Bollywood actors were accused of poaching blackbucks on the night of October 1, 1998, during the shooting of Hindi movie "Hum Saath Saath Hain". The actor was also accused of carrying and using illegal arms. A case of violation of the Arms Act provisions was registered against him.
     
    But on Wednesday, Jodhpur Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit acquitted the Bollywood superstar. Salman was charged under sections 25(3) and 27(3) of the Arms Act for allegedly keeping and using the firearms with an expired licence in the poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur on October 12th, 1998.
     
    In the 102-page judgment, CJM DS Rajpurohit said the prosecution’s evidence against the actor was not adequate in the 18-year-old case. After the verdict, his lawyer HS Saraswat said, “Justice has won.” Congratulatory messages started pouring in for the star after the verdict. Talking to a news channel, his Dabangg co-star Sonu Sood said, “I spoke to Salman Khan a few days back and he was hopeful. We feel relieved and happy that he got out of it.”
     
    Bollywood star Salman Khan today profusely thanked his fans. "Thank you for all the support and good wishes," Salman tweeted


    OUR TAKE 

    Film actors often take the law into their hands. We have seen earlier also, actor Saif Ali Khan abused his status by getting into a scuffle with a South African NRI. Last year Salman Khan was acquitted for his poaching case. And this year he gets an acquittal for his 1998 Arms Act case. It is high time that the government punishes them, irrespective of their star status. By doing so, the government will set an example for other actors, who take the laws for granted because of their status and image.


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