Salman Khan has pleaded not guilty at the Jodhpur Court today while recording his statement for the blackbuck poaching case. According to reports, the actor has claimed not guilty and said that he is innocent. In the statement issued by the actor, he has confirmed that everyone accused in the case never left the hotel room. The actors involved in the blackbuck poaching case, namely, Salman, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were asked to record their statements today. Although originally, they were asked to fly down on January 25 and testify but due to security reasons pertaining to the proximity of the date with Republic Day resulted in the court issuing a new date, i.e. today. All the actors landed in Jodhpur yesterday and presented themselves at the court today. (ALSO READ – Blackbuck poaching case live update: Salman Khan PLEADS innocent, leaves the Jodhpur court after recording statement)
According to NDTV, the 51 year old actor answered 65 questions relating to the incident on the night of the death of two blackbucks. In his statement, the actor recorded that he has been falsely accused by the Forest Department officials and that he was in his hotel room, along with others. During his interrogation, present at the court were 28 witnesses. Among the witnesses, many are members of the Bishnoi tribe, who reportedly chased the actor after the two blackbucks were shot dead. In his statement, Khan also claimed that the witnesses have been arranged by the forest department to claim publicity out of the situation.
Salman, who recently got acquitted in the Arms Act case, which was in connection with the black buck poaching case has reached the court along with the ensemble cast of actors to record their statements. Few days back, Khan had reached Jodhpur to appear for the Arms Act case. In 1998, the actors were charged under the Wildlife Protection Act for illegally poaching the endangered species and playing an aid to the poacher. In connection with the case, Salman was charged under the Arms Act for possession and use of illegal and unlicensed arms. It has been almost 19 years since the incident happened and now all the proceedings have rapidly moved with a view to close the case.
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