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Salman Khan Acquitted for Giving Fake Affidavit in the Poaching Case

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Author: Ankita Karn (REVA University, Bangalore)

Jodhpur High Court has acquitted actor Salman Khan in a case related to submitting a false affidavit in court in the Poaching Case. The State Government had in 2006 submitted a plea accusing Khan of submitting a fake affidavit. CJM Rural Court Ankit Raman dismissed the State Government’s plea.

On Monday, June 17, 2019 the High Court of Jodhpur has acquitted Salman Khan for submitting a false affidavit in the court. The fake affidavit was in the matter of the 1998, blackbuck poaching case. He was booked in three different cases under poaching case, when he was shooting for his film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”, In one of the case, he was booked under the Arms Act.

During the hearing of the case, the actor was asked to submit his arms licence. He further submitted the affidavit which claimed that he had lost his licence documents of his weapon whereas the license was sent for the renewal which was unknown to him.

The prosecution asked the court to make him liable under Section 340 of Code of Criminal Procedure. The defence counsel Hastimal Sarswat argued that after getting the notice to produce his weapon licence, he searched for it at his home but he couldn’t find because it was gone for renewal and was submitted at Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office. He said that Khan does not had any bad intention, sometimes a person forget things where he had kept and in such a circumstances, he should not be prosecuted but his intentions should be studied.

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