Rajasthan seeks early hearing of appeal against Salman Khan in blackbuck case

Supreme court will fix a date to hear the appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging the acquittal of Salman Khan in the blackbuck case

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New Delhi, Oct 20: The Supreme Court will on Thursday fix a date to hear the appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging the acquittal of actor, Salman Khan in the blackbuck case.

The Rajasthan Government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing of the matter. The court will hear the matter at 2 pm on Thursday and decide on a date.

SC to hear appeal against Salman Khan

On Wednesday, the Rajasthan Government had moved the Supreme Court in appeal against the acquittal of Salman Khan. The Rajasthan High Court had observed that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the actor and the evidence was too thin to convict him for killing the Chinkaras.

The High Court had reversed two trial court verdicts which had awarded the actor one and five years imprisonment in two cases.

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The high court had observed that the prosecution failed to prove that a deer had even died as no carcasses were found. Moreover, the police couldn't zero in on either the weapon used for the alleged hunt or the place where it took place.

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. The incident occurred when Khan was shooting for his film Hum Saath Saath Hain.

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