Celebrities like Salman Khan have a duty to behave as role models

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Celebrities like Salman Khan have a duty to behave as role models

The blackbuck is an endangered species protected under the Indian Wildlife Act. The heavily muscled actor was acquitted in two related cases.

The stocky Khan wore a black shirt and sunglasses as he entered the court followed by an entourage of aides.

After he was released, he was driven straight to the airport to fly to his home in Mumbai, India's entertainment capital. "This has nothing to do with Khan's personality as an actor", he said.

Khan has almost $90 million riding on his projects in coming months with at least three films in the pipeline, analysts say. "I feel this is too harsh".

Khan has had a history of run-ins with the law. In 2014, the Mumbai High Court acquitted him in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run case, after he was accused of running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk in 2002, killing one of them.

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Khan remains one of Bollywood's biggest draws despite the off-screen drama, starring in more than 100 films and television shows. However, Salman's co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, who allegedly accompanied the superstar on late night hunting, were acquited by the court.This was the Salman's fourth time in this prison.

A director of one of Khan's upcoming films "Race 3" expressed relief at his release.

The court's ruling against Khan, who has 32.5 million followers on Twitter and was promoting his movie last week, sparked worries among Bollywood traders.

On the other hand in Mumbai, several thousand, ranging from toddlers in arms to youth, elderly men and women, many carrying placards and banners with Salman's pictures were seen waiting eagerly at both the Mumbai airport and outside his Galaxy Apartments after he was granted bail by the Jodhpur district and the session court.

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