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.