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‘Benefit of Doubt’: Jodhpur court acquits actor Salman Khan in killing of black buck

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Jodhpur: A local court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan in a case related to the alleged black buck killing in 1998, reports said.

According to reports, the 51-year-old actor walked free as the Jodhpur Chief Metropolitan Judge’s court gave him the benefit of doubt after the prosecution failed to produce conclusive evidence against him.

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Salman had pleaded “not guilty” to charges of violating the law by keeping unlicensed weapons and using them.

The case involved the killing of black bucks  when Salman Khan and his co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, were shooting for a film in the forests near Jodhpur.

Salman’s lawyer had argued that there is no evidence that he was carrying firearms, and that he was only carrying air guns.

The star had arrived in the city by a chartered flight on Tuesday evening. He was accompanied by sister Alvira Khan.

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Over the years, Salman has several cases for allegedly killing two chinkaras and two black bucks on three hunts. In 2007, he spent a week in jail in Jodhpur before being granted bail.

He has already been acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in two cases related to the killing of chinkara deer, an endangered species.

The Rajasthan Government has, however, challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court.

A lower court had earlier handed the actor a one year jail term and five-year term in the two cases.

Another case involving the alleged poaching of two black bucks is still being heard.

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