Salman Khan cleared of gun charge over hunting trip

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widenews desk: Indian film superstar Salman Khan has been cleared of using unlicensed arms while hunting for rare blackbuck antelopes 18 years ago.

The 51-year-old Khan, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, was in court in Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, to hear his acquittal.

Prosecutors had argued that the licence for a revolver and a rifle, allegedly used by Khan, had expired in 1998. But his lawyer said there was not enough evidence to support the charge.

The actor thanked fans on Twitter after the acquittal, writing: “Thank you for all the support and good wishes.”

It is not the first time the Khan, who has been in dozens of Bollywood films, has been in court.

He also faced three charges of poaching and has been acquitted of two. One charge, relating to the alleged poaching of two rare blackbucks, is still ongoing.

Khan caused outrage last year when he compared training sessions for his new film to rape. In 2015 he was cleared of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash.

Salman Khan thanks fans for their support after being cleared of using unlicensed arms while hunting in India in 1998.

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