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Salman Khan and the cases against him

Last updated on: April 05, 2018 16:02 IST

On April 5, 2018, Salman Khan was convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. 

This, of course, wasn’t Khan’s first brush with the law.

In the past he had been charged with hit-and-run and keeping and using the fire arms with an expired licence 

Here’s a recap of the cases against the star behind the 'Being Human' initiative.

1) Arms Act case, 1998

In October 1998, the police filed a case against Salman under sections 325 and 327 of the Arms Act for allegedly possessing and using a 0.22 rifle and a 0.32 revolver to kill two blackbucks in Kankani village in Jodhpur on October 1 and 2.

The actor was in Jodhpur for the shooting of the Hindi film Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Other Bollywood actors, including Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, are also accused of poaching black bucks with Salman.

He was acquitted of the charge, 17 years later, on January 18, 2017.


2) Blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases, 1998

He had been charged with allegedly killing two endangered chinkaras and two blackbucks on hunts during a location shoot along with Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, in three different cases -- one involving blackbucks, and two involving chinkaras.

In 2016, the actor had earlier been acquitted by the Rajasthan high court in the two cases related to the killing of the chinkaras. That verdict had been challenged, but he was eventually acquitted. 

Another case involving the alleged poaching of two blackbucks is still being heard. On April 5, 2018, a Jodhpur court found him guilty of killing the endangered animal and sentenced him to five years in prison. His co-accused actors -- Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam -- were acquitted.

In all, in the three poaching cases against him, Salman Khan has been to jail twice -- in April 2006 and August 2007.


3) Hit-and-run case, 2002

In December 2015, the Bombay high court acquitted Salman of all criminal charges in a hit-and-run case, just months after he had been found guilty by a trial court.

The lower court had found him guilty of killing a homeless man while driving his SUV during a night out drinking in September 2002.