It was during the shooting of the film, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ a Sooraj Barjatya production quite long log ado that Salman Khan along with seven others were accused of killing rare species blackbuck and Chinkara in separate incidents – one in Bhawad near Jodhpur on 26 September 1998, and in another incident at Ghoda farms on September 28.
Khan was acquitted in the case after years of legal battle. The court opined that the pellets recovered from the Chinkaras were not fired from the licensed gun of the star, and the driver of the jeep that rode the actors. While that looks convenient and the court decision was subjected to much ridicule on the social media, the court obviously did not find enough evidence to book Salman on the case.
The lawyer shared the details of the judgment with media, “The honourable High Court has rejected both jail terms of one year and five years respectively, on both the poaching cases. We have proved in court that documents submitted by the forest departments officials accusing Salman were forged. Additionally, the hair samples and weapon (knife) found in the gypsy does not match the weapon in Salman Khan’s room.”
It was in fact argued that the pellets had been planted since they were not found in the vehicle during forest development’s inspection, and were found later by the police.