Bollywood actor Salman Khan has suffered a setback on two accounts today. The Rajasthan government has filed an appeal in Supreme Court today to strike down the verdict of the High Court acquitting him in the poaching of of black deers.
16 years back. The Rajasthan urged the apex court to consider the statement of the driver who took the actor to the spot and later admitted that Salman has in deed killed two deers.
The actor has also suffered jolt as the beverages major Coca Cola India has dropped him as brand ambassador for its soft drink ‘Thums Up’ after four years of association and the company is in talks with young star Ranveer Singh to replace him.
The contract with Khan had expired last month and the company has chosen not to renew it, according to industry sources. Salman is constantly involved in one controversy or the other and his alleged support for pak artistes against sentiments of lakhs of Indians may be counter-productive, the company felt.
In July, the Rajasthan High Court found Mr Khan not guilty killing an endangered species of gazelle orchinkara in two separate incidents in 1998 while he was shooting a film in the desert state.
The state government has today challenged his acquittal and wants him to be imprisoned to serve the rest of his sentence- after being convicted in 2007 for hunting down and killing the chinkaras, he was awarded a one-year prison term and a five-year prison term respectively. He then spent a week in jail in Jodhpur before being granted bail.
While finding him not guilty, the High Court said there was no evidence to prove that the animals who were found dead were shot by Mr Khan’s licensed gun.