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Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted in 1998 poaching case

  • FILE- In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan smiles as he attends the trailer launch of his upcoming movie 'Hero' in Mumbai, India. A court in western India has on Monday, July 25, 2016 acquitted Khan of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)

    FILE- In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan smiles as he attends the trailer launch of his upcoming movie 'Hero' in Mumbai, India. A court in western India has on Monday, July 25, 2016 acquitted Khan of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends a promotional event for his upcoming movie 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' in Mumbai, India. A court in western India has on Monday, July 25, 2016 acquitted Khan of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends a promotional event for his upcoming movie 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' in Mumbai, India. A court in western India has on Monday, July 25, 2016 acquitted Khan of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)  (The Associated Press)

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

Khan and seven others, including some Bollywood actors, were accused of killing a gazelle and two antelopes over two days in Rajasthan state in 1998. Khan had been convicted by a lower court, but he appealed the verdict.

A higher court said Monday there was no evidence to suggest that the pellets recovered from the animals were fired from Khan's licensed gun.

Khan is one of Bollywood's biggest stars and has starred in more than 90 Hindi-language films in his 28-year career.