Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case: Actor reaches Jodhpur to record statement
Fresh charges were framed against the Jai Ho actor last year. At present Salman Khan is in Jodhpur to record his statement in court in the Arms Act case against him connected to the poaching of two chinkara deers and a blackbuck. The Actor was summoned by Chief Judicial Magistrate after being exempted from appearing in the court till now.
Salman was asked to appear personally before the court on January 29.The Jai Ho actor is accused of hunting and killing the endangered deer while shooting Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan in 1998. He has already been in the Jodhpur jail twice in connection with the same case in 1998 as well as 2007. Fresh charges in the case were filed against Salman in March last year after first the Rajasthan High Court and then the Supreme Court ruled that Section 148 of the Arms Act, or rioting with deadly weapons, could not be applied to him. Apart from Dabangg Khan, his Hum Saath Saath Hain co-stars – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam are also charged for provoking the actor to hunt. In November 2013, the Rajasthan High Court ordered that Salman Khan’s poaching conviction be suspended for visa purposes to make it easier for the actor, who had been denied an UK visa to shoot his film Kick, to travel abroad.