Supreme Court issues notice to Salman Khan in Chinkara poaching case

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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.

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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.

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