Blackbuck case: Salman Khan pleads not guilty in Jodhpur court

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Salman Khan arrives at JodhpurActor Salman Khan on January 27 appeared before a Jodhpur court and recorded his statement in the blackbuck case.

To this charge of poaching, while recording his statement the actor simply said that “he is not guilty” to the charge.

The charge on the actor — he along with ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ co-stars including Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and a local Dushyant Singh allegedly went hunting and killed two blackbucks in Kankani region.

It may be noted that Khan, who is out on bail, was arrested on October 12, 1998 in the case from Umaid Bhavan Palace.

Blackbucks are considered auspicious by the local Bishnoi community and their hunting by Khan and his co-actors angered them. They filed a case filed against the actor, who was acquitted from the Arms Act charges last week.

In the on-going trial has been going on in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (Rural). In all, as many as 29 witnesses were examined by the prosecution and none by the defence.

Meanwhile, there are three appeals pending at the SC against the acquittals; two against the Rajasthan HC acquittal in the Chinkara cases a d one against Bombay HC acquittal verdict in the 2002 Mumbai hit-and-run case.