“I’m Hindu-Muslim Each; I’m Bhartiya” – Mentioned Salman Throughout The Blackbuck Poaching Case’s Listening to
Salman Khan and his Hum Saath-Saath Hain co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Neelam Kothari, Sonali Bendre and Tabu, pleaded “not responsible” in an 18-year-old blackbuck poaching case in a Jodhpur courtroom on Friday.
The actors have been current within the court docket to get their statements recorded earlier than the court docket of Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace (CJM) Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit. The CJM courtroom had earlier requested the Bollywood celebrities to look on January 25 to report assertion, however the stars, together with Salman and Saif, didn’t come on that day citing safety causes. The court docket then postponed the matter for Friday.
The case in opposition to all cine stars is pending since 1998, however it couldn’t come for listening to and remained stalled attributable to a number of appeals and revisions within the larger court docket in different linked issues.
Throughout the course of listening to on Friday, Salman replied to as many as 65 questions posed by the courtroom in regard to the allegations levelled by the prosecution witnesses. Salman and the opposite actors additionally replied to a couple normal questions like names, father’s identify, age, residential deal with and caste.
To a query with regard to his faith, Salman stated that “I’m Hindu and Muslim each. I’m Bhartiya”. He subsequently stated in English that I’m an Indian.
Requested in regards to the allegations levelled by the prosecution, the celebrities pleaded “not responsible”. Salman in his reply mentioned that he couldn’t have gone out for poaching attributable to safety causes, particularly within the evenings or night time.
Salman and Saif stayed within the court docket for round half an hour and an hour respectively. The actresses needed to stay in courtroom for round two hours.
“We are going to produce defence witnesses to counter the prosecution as all of the allegations are unfaithful,” Hastimal Sarswat, Salman’s advocate informed IANS.
Family members of the movie stars, together with Salman’s sister Alvira and his bodyguard Shera, had been additionally current through the courtroom proceedings.
All of the 5 Bollywood actors are accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of October 1-2, 1998, throughout the taking pictures of “Hum Saath-Saath Hain”.
Two blackbucks, a protected animal underneath the Wildlife Safety Act, have been killed within the outskirts of Kankani village close to Jodhpur.
Salman was accused of carrying and utilizing unlawful arms too, however just lately the CJM courtroom acquitted him of the costs.