| What is the blackbuck case? |
|On 28 September 1998, Salman Khan along with other Bollywood actors like Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam had allegedly hunted a blackbuck deer in the Manthania village in Rajasthan.
The Rajasthani Bishnoi community had filed a police complaint against Salman Khan and other actors on 2 October 1998 for killing the deer in the village premises.
| Salman Khan arrested in blackbuck poaching case |
|After the complaint by the local community had been received, Salman Khan was arrested on 12 October 1998 for illegal possession of arms and killing the endangered deer. But, he was released later on 17 October 1998 on bail.|
| Salman sentenced to 5-year jail term |
|In February 2006, Salman Khan was sentenced to one-year-jail-term by a lower court in the chinkara and blackbuck poaching case. A higher court stayed the decision during the appeal.
Under the Wildlife Protection Act, Salman was arrested by a trial court on 10 April 2006 and was sentenced to a five-year-jail-term and was fined ₹25,000.
He was released three days later, on bail.
| Salman Khan's appeal against conviction rejected |
|A session's court upheld the trial court's order during the hearing of Salman Khan's appeal against the trial court's sentence to convict him on 24 August 2007.
The session's court had supported the trial court's sentence and dismissed Salman's appeal against conviction.
But, on 31 August 2007, Rajasthan HC rejected Salman's conviction but, asked him not to leave the country without permission.
| SC issues notice to Salman |
|The Rajasthan HC had finalized charges against Salman and ordered the trial in July 2012. Later in 2014, the Supreme Court issued a notice to Salman with regard to Rajasthan government's appeal challenging the suspension of conviction by Rajasthan HC.|
| Defense Counsel: Salman Khan was framed |
3 Feb 2016
|The hearing began in November 2015. Defense Counsel Mahesh Bora argued in the Rajasthan HC that the entire case was framed against Salman Khan.
He questioned how four different cases could be filed against him for a single crime and why they couldn't specify which weapon was used during the hunting.
The prosecution was to begin its arguments from 9 February.
| Rajasthan HC acquits Salman in blackbuck poaching case |
25 Jul 2016
|Actor Salman Khan has been acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in the blackbuck and Chinkara poaching case.
He had appealed a lower court verdict that sentenced him to 1 and 5 years imprisonment over the two cases.
The decision comes as a huge relief to the actor, who could have faced an arrest warrant issued against him over the matter.
| Driver says Salman shot the Chinkara |
28 Jul 2016
|Salman Khan's driver, Harish Dulani, a key witness to the blackbuck and chinkara poaching incident stated that the actor indeed shot the endangered gazelle.
Harish Dulani was pronounced missing as a witness in the case and had not attended any of the trials.
He stated that he was living in fear as he was threatened every time he attempted to attend the court case.
| Rajasthan Govt to challenge Salman's acquittal in SC |
29 Jul 2016
|The Rajasthan Government has stated that it would challenge the decision to acquit actor Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case.
The decision came after Harish Dulani, Salman's driver at the time said he was pressurized to abstain from court proceedings.
The Government stated it was ready to provide protection to Dulani if he asked for it.
| Rajasthan govt. pushes for Salman Khan's surrender |
20 Oct 2016
|The Rajasthan government on Wednesday pushed the apex court to order Salman Khan to surrender in the blackbuck poaching case.
This was done so that Khan can be sent back to jail for the same.
According to the government, the court did not count Salman Khan's former driver's statement, which claimed that it was Khan who shot the gazelle.
| Chinkara case: SC to hear plea challenging Salman's acquittal |
11 Nov 2016
|The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea challenging the High Court's decision to acquit Salman Khan in the Chinkara poaching case.
State Law Minister Rajendra Rathore said the state government studied the verdict and "has decided to appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court."
The SC has issued a notice to Salman Khan over the development.
| Jodhpur court summons Salman Khan in blackbuck poaching case |
13 Jan 2017
|A Jodhpur court has issued summons to Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Tabu in connection with the blackbuck poaching case.
The court has asked them to appear before it on January 25 to record their statements in the case.
The directive was issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh after examining all witnesses in the case.
| Court acquits Salman in illegal arms case |
18 Jan 2017
|The Chief Judicial Magistrate's court in Jodhpur has acquitted Salman Khan on charges of illegally using fire arms with an expired license.
The Rajasthan High Court had earlier acquitted him of 2 charges of poaching Chinkara. However, the case of poaching blackbucks is still under trial.
Khan had argued that he had been framed by the Forest Department.