Rajasthan govt challenges Salman in Arms Act case

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Jodhpur (PTI): Bollywood actor Salman
Khan has been issued notice by a sessions
court on a state government plea against his
acquittal in an Arms Act case linked to alleged
hunting of chinkaras by him in 1998 here.
District and Sessions Judge Bhagwan Das
Agarwal issued notice to the actor, seeking his
reply to the government’s plea against him by
April 21.
Public Prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi, who
challenged Khan’s acquittal, said the plea has
been admitted and the notice issued to Khan.
The government has challenged Khan’s acquittal
in the Arms Act case involving alleged
possession of unlicensed weapon by him for
hunting deers in 1998 in Jodhpur.
Jodhpur Chief Judicial Magistrate had acquitted
Salman in the Arms Act case on January
18 citing technical grounds, saying he had
been prosecuted under wrong sections.
Bishnoi argued before the sessions judge
that the case had been proved against Khan,
which was also admitted by the court and
that on the basis of the examination of the
evidence and witnesses, the prosecution had
proved the case.
The state government has moved the sessions
court against Salman’s acquittal in the Arms
Act case barely over a month after the apex
court on January 29 issued notice to him on
another petition challenging his acquittal by
the Rajasthan High Court in the deer hunting
While the high court had acquitted the actor
in July, the state government had moved the
apex court against him in October last year.
Salman was accused of hunting two chinkaras
at Bhawad in Mathania near Jodhpur on September
26, 1998 and another chinkara at
Ghoda farms two days later on September 28,
when he was in city for shooting of a film.