Salman Khan freed in poaching case

A court in India has acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan of shooting and killing endangered animals two decades ago.

Khan was accused with seven others of killing a gazelle and two protected antelopes in Rajasthan in 1998.

Khan, 50, is one of Bollywood's biggest stars, appearing in more than 80 films.

Last month Khan created an uproar when he told reporters that work on his latest Bollywood film was so gruelling that he felt raped like a woman.

Hunting trip

The actor had challenged a verdict by a lower court that convicted him and sentenced him to one and five years in jail for the two cases of poaching.

The actor was charged with killing two black bucks, a protected antelope species, during a hunting trip in 1998.

The original case was filed by the local Bishnoi community, who revere and worship the black bucks.

Last year Khan was acquitted after being charged with running over a homeless man in a driving accident. The government has challenged his acquittal in the Supreme Court.

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