Rajasthan court clears Salman of false affidavit charge

JODHPUR: In a major reprieve for actor Salman Khan, the Jodhpur district and sessions court on Thursday dismissed the state government’s plea and acquitted the Bollywood star of the charge of filing a false affidavit regarding his arms licence in the blackbuck poaching case.

Khan attended the proceeding through video-conferencing while the order was pronounced by district judge Raghvendra Kachhwal.

There was not much substance in the matter and the allegation had been made against the actor to harass him,” said Khan’s counsel H M Saraswat. Khan had submitted the affidavit in the trial court in 2003, stating that he had lost his arms licence while the case against him for poaching blackbucks in Kankani village in 1998 was being heard.