Black buck poaching case: Jodhpur court to pronounce verdict on Thursday

JAIPUR: A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu Sonali Bendre and Neelam are accused.

The accused landed in Jodhpur on Wednesday ahead of the court hearing.

The movie stars were accused of poaching black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain movie.

They were accused of killing two black bucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act of the Indian Penal Code. Maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.

The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on March 28. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5 after completion of final arguments in the 20-year-old case.

Salman Khan, 52, who is accused of killing two blackbucks arrived from Mumbai in a chartered flight. He was earlier in Abu Dhabi where he went for the shooting for ‘Race 3’.

Meanwhile, a video clipping of Nawab of Pataudi getting annoyed over media questions and threatening his driver by saying ‘Sheehsa upar karo aur reverse kar lo varna padegi ek (close windowpane, put car in reverse or else you will get slapped) has since gone viral on social media.

It was learnt that a fan also misbehaved with Tabu while she was coming out of the airport at Jodhpur on Wednesday morning.

IANS inputs