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Monday, April 10, 2006
Jodhpur (UNI): Actor Salman Khan was today found guilty of hunting two Chinkaras on September 28-29, 1998 in the Ghoda Farm poaching case in Mathania region of Rajasthan. Chief Judicial Magistrate Brijendra Kumar Jain found Salman and the other accused Govardhan Singh guilty. However, eyewitnesses Harish Dulani and Danaram were found guilty of turning hostile. The court had completed the hearings on March 28.
The same court had awarded one-year jail term and Rs 5000 as fine to the actor on February 17 for hunting two black bucks on September 26-27, 1998 in Bhavad village of Mathania region. Seven other accused were released on grounds of benefit of doubt.
In the Ghoda Farm case, Salman was found guilty under Section 27 of Indian Arms Act, Section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act and Section 144, 145,148 and 149 under the Indian Penal Code.
The other six accused in the case were found guilty under these Acts except Section 27 of the Indian Arms Act.
Forest official Lalit Boda had filed the report on October 11,1998 at Mathania police station in the Ghoda Farm case while the chargesheet was presented in the court on May 14,1999.
The charges were framed on April 13, 2001. In this case, the prosecution presented a list of 43 witnesses but only 33 witnesses were produced.