Bollywood actor Salman Khan was accused of hunting two Chinkaras at Bhawad near Jodhpur on September 26, 1998, and another Chinkara at Ghoda farms on September 28th, while he was in Jodhpur shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain with his fellow co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam.
On 2nd October, 1998, the local community lodged a police complaint against Salman Khan and others involved in the killing of blackbucks. Salman Khan was arrested on 12th October, 1998 and released on bail on 17th October, 1998. One of the Trial Courts and the Session Court upheld his conviction and dismissed his appeal.
However, the Rajasthan High Court suspended his sentence and revised the charges against the actor. In the month of November, 2014, the Rajasthan Government approached the Supreme Court against the decision of High Court in connection with permitting him to get the UK Visa for shooting. The Supreme Court reserved its order regarding his conviction which cannot be stayed simply because it was becoming an obstacle for getting a British Visa.
On 25th July, 2016, the Rajasthan High Court had acquitted Salman Khan in the 1998 case of Chinkara poaching. On 18th January, 2017, a court in Rajasthan, by giving the actor benefit of doubt, held that the actor was “not guilty” of keeping an unlicensed weapon and using it during an alleged deer hunt in 1998. The court further said that the evidence against him was not strong enough and reversed the judgement of Sessions court which had sentenced Salman to one and five years imprisonment in the two cases in 2006.
As soon as the news of Salman Khan’s acquittal broke, his fans sighed a sense of relief. However, some people trolled not only the actor but also the judgment on twitter.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@TroluKejri) January 18, 2017
— The Angry Lord (@TheAngryLord) January 18, 2017
.@BeingSalmanKhan always with you bhai ??. That deer committed suicide to avoid ATM queues in future.
— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) January 18, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 18, 2017