Salman’s Lawyer Questions Forensic Report in Poaching Case

Salman Khan’s lawyer found loopholes in the forensic report that linked the actor to the 1998 chinkara poaching case.

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Salman Khan in a still from the song <i>Mashallah</i> in <i>Ek Tha Tiger</i>. (Photo: YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD0eyxRnJ4Q">screengrab</a>)

Raising questions on the forensic report of blood samples taken from a hotel where dead chinkaras were allegedly cleaned and cooked by Salman Khan and his aides, his counsel told Rajasthan High Court that samples were taken 17 days after the incident and questioned their linking with Khan.

Since the samples were taken by FSL team 17 days after the incident, how can it be assumed that those samples belonged to the animal, allegedly killed by Khan and later taken to the Ashirwad Hotel for cleaning and cooking?

Mahesh Bora, Lawyer

Bora was arguing on Khan’s behalf against his conviction in a poaching case at Bhawad near Jodhpur, where two chinkaras were allegedly poached on 26-27 September, 1998.

He further argued that the FSL report does not mention how old the blood samples were, which implied they did not verify how old it was.

Even if we presume that the dead deer was taken to the hotel after killing, cleaned and cooked there with a knife, how can it be said that it was Khan who killed it and took it to the hotel?

Mahesh Bora, Lawyer

After the arguments which lasted for an hour and a half, justice Nirmaljit Kaur deferred the hearing till next Tuesday.

Khan had been convicted in a case of poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998.

The CJM’s court had sentenced Khan for 1 year imprisonment on February, 17, 2006, against which, an appeal had been moved in the High Court.

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