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Chinkara poaching case: Rajasthan moves SC against Salman Khan acquittal

The Rajasthan government has moved the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in two 18-year-old cases of deer poaching.

The hearing on the special leave petition is expected sometime after the Diwali vacations. The Rajasthan government move comes after a general uproar over Salman's acquittal in July after the Rajasthan high court said the prosecution failed to prove charges and the evidence was too thin for convicting the actor for killing Chinkaras or Indian gazelles.

The high court overturned two trial court verdicts that handed the actor one and five years' jail terms. Salman spent 13 days behind bars.

The government move comes almost a year after the actor was cleared of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay high court, sparking a popular outrage.

Chinkara deers are a protected species and hunting them is banned in India. The actor was accused of hunting two chinkaras on September 26, 1998 in Bhawad village area of Jodhpur and another one two days later at Ghora Farm. Seven other accused in the Bhawad case were let off.

Salman was shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain at the time of the poaching incident. Two cases against Salman ? black-buck hunting and possessing illegal arms ? are still being tried at trial courts in the state.