We had earlier reported that the verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case against actor Salman Khan will be announced by Jodhpur court on April 5. Bollywood actors Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu have left for Rajasthan today morning ahead of the verdict. Salman Khan, who was busy shooting in Abu Dhabi for Ramesh Taurani’s Race 3, has returned to the bay after completing a month-long schedule in the early hours on Wednesday. Reportedly, the actor too has now left with his sisters Alvira Agnihotri and Arpita Khan Sharma for Jodhpur to attend the final hearing in the blackbuck poaching case.
While Saif left alone, Sonali and Tabu left around the same time taking the flight to Jodhpur today morning. In the pictures, while Salman Khan seems quite chilled, Saif, Tabu and Sonali seem a little tensed. In fact, the three actors avoided any interaction with the media as they left town, preferring to keep mum till the verdict was announced. In a statement to an online portal, a source close to Tabu said, “It is not fair on them to talk about the case at the moment. They cannot say whether they are tense or worried to the media at this juncture.” ALSO READ: Salman Khan Faces Death Threat From Punjab-based Gangster In Jodhpur
Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Sonali Bendre were snapped at the Mumbai airport as they left town; Take a look:
For the uninitiated, the actor was accused of poaching a black-buck while shooting for the movie, Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998. Along with Salman, Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu too were accused of poaching blackbucks during the shoot of their film in Jodhpur. Reportedly, two of these endangered species, those are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, had been killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur. However, in January 2017, Salman had pleaded not guilty and had said in a statement, “Only the first forensic report of Dr. Nepalia saying that the animal died of ‘natural causes’ was true and the rest of the evidence is false.”