Jodhpur: Salman Khan pleads innocence in Arms Act case

  • Dinesh Bothra, Hindustan Times, Jodhpur
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2016 18:30 IST
Bollywood actor Salman Khan appeared in court on Thursday to record his statement in Arms Act case. (PTI)

Bollywood actor Salman Khan told a Jodhpur court on Thursday that he is innocent and was being falsely implicated in the 1998 Arms Act case.

‘I am innocent and have been falsely implicated in this case,” Khan said, as he recorded his statement, in connection with the poaching of protected black bucks during film shooting, at Kankani village in October, 1998.

The court had, on March 3, ordered Salman Khan to appear before it on March 10.

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Chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit questioned him about the statements of the three witnesses in the case, who were earlier re-examined, but Khan termed them as ‘false’.

Referring to a statement signed by him where a witness Uday Raghvan had stated that he had brought the arms from Mumbai following directions from Khan, the actor claimed he had signed the statement under pressure from forest officials.

He added that the forest officials lodged a case based on a false newspaper report.

At the start of proceedings, Khan told the court “I am Indian and that’s my caste.”

The actor reached Jodhpur airport by charter plane, from where he was escorted to a hotel. Tight security measures were taken in and around the court premises for his arrival, during which the area was out of bounds even for lawyers.

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