The infamous 1998 blackbuck poaching case is finally getting a verdict tomorrow and the main accused - Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Sonali Bendre - are leaving to Jodhpur to attend the hearing there, which is going to happen tomorrow. Salman arrived in Mumbai in the early hours today from Abu Dhabi, where he has been shooting for "Race 3".
In tune, Salman and his fellow actors arrived in Jodhpur Wednesday. It was on October 2, 1998, while filming for Hum Saath Saath Hain (1998) in Jodhpur's Kankani village that Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks. Along with Salman, Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu too were accused of poaching blackbucks during the shoot of their film in Jodhpur.
It is pertinent to note that this is said to be the last of the cases pending against Salman as the Bollywood actor had earlier pleaded innocence in the case.
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Salman was also charged for keeping a gun with an expired license and was charged under the Arms Act, a case in which he was acquitted by a trial court in January 2017. That acquittal has been challenged in a higher court. Maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years. Attempts in the past to get a comment on the case from the actors has proved futile. "Hence, such investigation can not be trusted".
The case was registered against Salman Khan on the charges of illegal weapons he used to kill two black bucks (Chinkara).
Even though black bucks were often hunted in princely states before, the population saw a drastic drop in the 20 century. He, on spotting a herd of black bucks, shot at and killed two of them, Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had said.