Acquitted from every legal case against him, Salman Khan is a free man now. The Rajasthan High Court on Monday ruled in favour of the Bollywood actor in two cases related to poaching of a chinkara and a blackbuck in Jodhpur in 1998.

The judge said that the pellets recovered from the chinkaras were not fired from Khan’s licensed gun or from any other weapon recovered from the actor. Also, the absence of the driver, who was driving the jeep that was allegedly used the hunt, further weakened the prosecution’s case against the star. The driver never turned up for the trial to be examined by the actor’s lawyers.

Harish Dulani, the one driving the jeep, and the only witness for the prosecutor’s case and had gone missing since the time the accident took place in 2002.

However, Harish has come out of the dark now and in an interview with NDTV, he sticks to the same statement he gave the District Magistrate when the case was lodged back in 1998.

“I STICK TO THE STATEMENT I MADE BEFORE THE MAGISTRATE 18 YEARS AGO, THAT SALMAN KHAN GOT OFF THE CAR AND SHOT THE DEER.”

The driver further said that not only did Salman shoot the deer, he got off to slit its throat as well. 

Responding to queries on how and why he went missing, Harish said that he and his family had received death threats and hence had run away to a village near Jodhpur, where he remained in hiding until yesterday, when he finally decided to speak out.