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In a major relief to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, the Rajasthan High Court today rejected the revision petition filed against him by the state government in the 14-year-old Blackbuck poaching case.
With this decision, the High Court directed the lower court to initiate the trial in the matter, which has been pending since 4 years.
"A separate case had been registered against Salman Khan by the forest department on October 15, 1998 under the Arms Act, mentioning that the arms used by him during poaching of the two Blackbucks at Kankani in the intervening night of October 1-2, had their licences expired and hence he had been using those arms illegally," Hastimal Saraswat, the counsel for Salman Khan, told reporters.
Upon this complaint, the Luni police registered a case against Salman Khan under sections 3/25 and 27 of Arms Act, Saraswat said.
The trial in this matter continued for five-and-half years and out of 16 witnesses, 15 were tried, he said.
But in July 2006, a petition was filed by the prosecution regarding amendment in the charges under the Act against the Bollywood star in the court of Judicial Magistrate with the plea to extend the period of use of the arms by him.
"The court rejected this petition in the same month on the argument that the petition bear no valid ground for the amendment as in the mentioned period Khan had the valid license of his arms and that if the charges were amended, entire trial process will have to be initiated afresh, thereby taking more time in decision of the case," the counsel said.
Upon this, the state government filed a revision petition in the Rajasthan High Court in 2006 for the revision of the charges against Khan in the Arms Act.