Jodhpur, Apr 5: Superstar Salman Khan reached Jodhpur on Wednesday as a local court will pronounce judgement in 1998 blackbuck poaching case on Thursday. Final arguments in the case had been concluded on March 28 and Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgement, which will be pronounced today. Salman Khan is the main accused in the case. Co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were directed by the court to remain present on the judgement day and all of them have reached the city.
Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur in 1998. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were allegedly present when the crime took place. All the accused had been shooting for their film ‘Ham Saath Saath Hain.
Salman Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, while the other actors have been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
The 52-year-old actor had chartered a private jet to reach Jodhpur from Mumbai. Earlier, he had reached Mumbai from Abu Dhabi, where he had been shooting for Race 3.
The prosecution had alleged that Salman Khan was driving a Gypsy with other actors as passengers. As he allegedly saw a herd of blackbucks, he fired on them killing two on the spot. They allegedly fled the scene after being chased.
Salman’s counsel HM Saraswat had argued that the prosecution failed to prove any charge, and it had been fabricating evidence.
Salman Khan’s family has also accompanied the actor to Jodhpur. His sisters Arpita and Alvira will be with the actor in the courtroom.
Meanwhile, co-accused Saif Ali Khan has courted controversy as he was caught on the camera threatening his driver.