Bollywood actor Salman Khan will appear before the Jodhpur chief judicial court on Thursday in connection with a 17-year-old Arms Act case against him. Reports said the actor left early from Mumbai for the crucial court appearance in the case which is an offshoot of the black buck poaching case.
Khan and his co-stars have been accused of hunting three chinkaras and a blackbuck while shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain near Jodhpur in 1998.
The forest department had filed a separate case under the Arms Act, accusing Khan of not renewing the licences of a revolver and a rifle he possessed at that time. The CJM court had ordered the actor on March 3 to record his statement.
His counsel Hastimal Sarswat said he could only confirm that the actor has been asked to appear before the court but refused to divulge if and when Khan would appear in the court on Thursday.
The actor had earlier sought permission to resummon five witnesses in the case, stating that he was innocent in the matter. The process of re-examining the five prosecution witnesses was recently completed in the CJM court.
The statement of Khan as an accused would be recorded for possible conclusion of the trial. earlier this year, Khan was acquitted by the Bombay high court in the 2002 hit-and-run case . HC quashed a trial court verdict that held him guilty of driving his Toyota Land Cruiser over people sleeping on a Bandra footpath.