Rajasthan government approaches India's top court against Salman Khan in poaching cases

Two separate cases had been registered against Khan under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998. Photograph:( AFP )

Rajasthan, India Oct 19, 2016, 07.27 AM (IST)

The state government of western Indian state of Rajasthan approached India's top court on Tuesday against Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan's acquittal in two cases related to chinkara (Indian gazelle) poaching case, according to multiple reports. 

 

The high court in western Rajasthan on July 25 had acquitted Khan in the poaching case citing lack of evidence, Indian daily, DNA reported, after the actor challenged the lower court's verdict that had handed him one and five years' imprisonment, respectively, in the two separate cases of poaching. 

 

"The government is studying the merits and demerits of the case and has decided to appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court," an Indian news channel, NewsX, quoted the state law minister, Rajendra Rathore, as saying.

 

According to the Indian news agency PTI, two separate cases had been registered against Khan under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998.

 

Salman, who has spent time in a Jodhpur jail twice for in the poaching case, was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to five years for hunting and killing the two endangered chinkara deer and one blackbuck in Rajasthan in 1998. In 2013, however, the Rajasthan High Court suspended the conviction to make it easier for the actor to travel to the United Kingdom to shoot for a film. Both animals are protected and killing them is a punishable offence.

 

(WION with inputs from agencies)