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Salman thanks fans for their support after relief in blackbuck poaching case

By Priyanka Verma 
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Salman Khan has thanked his fans for their “love and support”, hours after a Jodhpur court dismissed Rajasthan government’s plea against him for submitting a ‘false’ affidavit in 2003 in blackbuck poaching case. The actor was accused of keeping arms with an expired licence and using them for poaching. He had filed the affidavit saying he has lost the licence.

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Salman shared a photo of himself on Instagram and wrote, “To all my fans.. thank u for your love support n concern. Khayal rakho apna n parivaar ka (Take care of yourself and your family). God bless n loveee u tooo.”

As soon as the news broke, fans started rejoicing and showering the actor with love on social media. Late night on Thursday, ‘We Love You Salman Khan’ was also trending on Twitter.

The decision in the case was taken by Judge Raghavendra Kachwal around 3.30 in which he said, “The PIL has no strong grounds.” Salman was present in the hearing via video conferencing.

The petition was registered against Salman presenting the wrong evidence in the court in the Blackbuck poaching case which stated that he said that his arms license had been lost. However, the investigation revealed that the actor has submitted it for renewal in Mumbai’s Bandra.

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While on the other hand, another PIL earlier stated that the actor had submitted an affidavit citing the reason for not appearing to the court, which is an ache in his ear. But he was found busy in shooting.

However, the trial court has quashed both the petitions.

The lawyer representing the government said, “We have not received the copy of the judgment yet. After receiving it we will think if we want to take the matter to the High Court.”

Salman was booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching two chinkaras in 1998. A trial court in 2018 had convicted Salman and awarded a five-year prison sentence him for the killing of blackbucks. The actor had challenged the trial court verdict in the Sessions court. His fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, who were present on the spot along with him, were acquitted.

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