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Published On: Wed, Apr 4th, 2018

Verdict in Salman Khan’s black buck poaching case on Thursday

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salman_5JODHPUR : A Jodhpur court will pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case against actor Salman Khan and others on Thursday.
Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment.All actors, including Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu Sonali Bendre and Neelam, will be present in the court for the pronouncement of the verdict.
Mr. Khan, who boarded a chartered plane from Mumbai, arrived here on Wednesday. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, who will appear in the court as accused along with Mr. Khan for pronouncement of the verdict, also reached here separately by the evening.
Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved his judgment on March 28 after completion of final arguments in the 20-year-old case.
Mr. Khan has been accused of killing two blackbucks in Kankani village, near here, on the night of October 1-2, 1998, when he was shooting for Hindi film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. The other actors were accused of travelling with him in a Gypsy car.
Salman Khan was accused of killing two black bucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998, during the shooting of “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

Salman Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and 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.
“All of them were in a Gypsy car that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat. He, on spotting a herd of black bucks, shot at and killed two of them,” Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had said.
“But on being spotted and chased, they fled from the spot leaving the dead animals there,” he said, adding that there was adequate evidence against them.
Refuting these allegations, Salman Khan’s counsel H M Saraswat said there were several loopholes in the prosecution’s story and it had failed to prove its case beyond any doubt.”Prosecution has failed to prove the allegations. It engaged in tampering and fabricating evidence and documents as well as roping in fake witnesses to prove its case,” he said.
“It even failed to prove that the black bucks were killed by gunshots. Hence, such investigation cannot be trusted,” Saraswat said.The case also involved two more accused, Dushyant Singh, who was allegedly accompanying the actors when the poaching t

“Gawre never appeared in court and was made to disappear by the main accused.Had he been around, there could have been more information available in the case,” Bhati claimed. (With Agency Inputs ).

 

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