Bollywood actor Salman Khan was today issued notice by the Supreme Court on an appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal in two poaching cases.
In July, the Rajasthan High Court found the 50-year-old actor not guilty of killing an endangered species of gazelle or chinkara in two separate incidents in 1998 while he was shooting a film in the desert state.
The state government challenged his acquittal; it wants him to be imprisoned to serve the rest of his sentence – after being convicted in 2007 for hunting down and killing the chinkaras, he was awarded a one-year prison term and a five-year prison term respectively. He then spent a week in jail in Jodhpur before being granted bail.
Just earlier last year, Salman walked scot-free in the headline grabbing hit and run case where he was accused of running over four pavement dwellers. The incident killed one and injured three.