Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was given the benefit of doubt today by a court in Rajasthan's Jodhpur, which held him not guilty of keeping an unlicensed weapon and using it during an alleged deer hunt in 1998.
He had been charged under the Arms Act as part of several cases linked to the poaching of blackbuck.
Wearing a crisp white shirt, the 51-year-old actor came to the Jodhpur court where his sister Alvira was already present. Within minutes, he was let off. The judge said the evidence against him was not strong enough.
Today, Salman Khan's lawyer argued that the actor only had air guns and there was no evidence that he was using firearms. The actor had also accused forest guards of framing him.
Salman Khan had earlier been acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in two cases related to the killing of the chinkara deer. That verdict has been challenged by the state government before the Supreme Court. Lower court had earlier handed the actor jail terms of one year and five years in the two cases.
Another case involving the alleged poaching of two blackbucks is still being heard.
The four other actors have also been asked to appear in court on January 25 to record their statements in the poaching case.