Salman Khan is in the clear, even if his record isn't. On July 25, Rajasthan High Court acquitted the Bollywood actor in a poaching case that he was first charged with 18 years ago. How has he gotten away with it? Tracing back the actor's run-ins with the law indicate no one should have been too surprised by the court's verdict.
In the year 1998, Khan was in Rajasthan for the shooting of Sooraj Barjatya's film Hum Saath Saath Hain when he was accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara, on different instances. The events took place on September 26 and 28. Though he was arrested briefly, he was released on bail in five short days. In 2006, Khan was convicted for five years by a trial court under the Wildlife Protection Act, and fined Rs 5000. The next year, his sentence was suspended, and on July 25 this year, courts cleared him of all charges.
Hit and Run Case
In 2002, Khan's car ran over five people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in Bandra, Mumbai. Four of the people were injured, and one died. The actor testified it was his driver who was behind the wheel, though prosecution insisted it was Khan who was driving, while inebriated. Though he was convicted for five years, stating 'culpable homicide', in 2015 his case was acquitted, with attorney Mukul Rohtagi stating it a 'travesty of justice'.
Troubles with Aishwarya
Also in 2002, Salman Khan's relationship with Aishwarya Rai was the key focus of tabloid attention. When the two split up, rumours about what happened flew, and some reports suggested Rai's parents filed a case against the actor for harassing their daughter. After Rai started dating film star Vivek Oberoi, he alleged Khan threatened him.
National Commission for Women
During the promotion for his film Sultan earlier this year, Khan made comments saying his workout routine for Sultan left him feeling 'like a raped woman walking out'. His statements got him into hot water with a summons appeal issued by both the Maharashtra State Commission for Women and the National Commission for Women, both of which he failed to show up for.
Looking back at his record, one thing is certain: Khan's career will likely be as indestructible as the loyalty of his fans.