Salman Khan acquitted in Arms Act, thanks fans

On January 18, Jodhpur court acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in long pending Arms Act case. When the verdict was pronounced, Khan heaved a sigh of relief. He was present in the court with his sister Alvira Agnihotri and his lawyers.

He was booked under sections  3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act. In its 102-page order, he was not found guilty.

“The prosecution could not prove any offence against Salman. It took a long time but ultimately the truth has won,” Salman Khan’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat told IANS.

Dressed in blue t-shirt with the ‘Being Human’ tagline, Salman calmly listened to the hearings and when the verdicts came, a big relief could be witnessed in his face.

Minutes after the verdict, Salman thanked his fans on Twitter and wrote, “Thank you for all the support and good wishes.”

Salman Khan has earlier been acquitted in two other cases related to the incident. The Arms Act case dates back to 1998 when Salman Khan and his team was shooting for ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in Jodhpur. Police filed case against the superstar under Sections 3/25 and 3/27. They claimed that Khan had kept the .22 rifle and .32 revolver and used them during poaching of two black bucks in village Kankani in Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998.

But the actor’s acquittal didn’t make everyone happy. The news got mixed reactions. Most of his friends from the film industry expressed their happiness on the court’s decision but common people did not accept the verdict and cried foul play.

The Rajasthan High Court has acquitted him in two cases of poaching of chinkara, last year, while trial in the third case of alleged poaching of two blackbucks is on.

The Rajasthan government has already moved the Supreme Court via a special leave petition against Salman’s acquittal in the two cases under the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching chinkara.

Salman’s co-stars in the Sooraj Barjatya film - Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, have been asked to appear in court on January 25 to record their statements in the case.