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Salman Khan’s black buck poaching case in final phase, verdict soon

The 19-year-old blackbuck poaching case against actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, entered into the final phase of the trial as prosecution began arguments on Wednesday.

jaipur Updated: Sep 13, 2017 19:37 IST
Dinesh Bothra
Dinesh Bothra
Hindustan Times
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Bollywood actor Salman Khan appearing at a court in Jodhpur in connection with the black buck poaching case.(HT File Photo. )

The 19-year-old blackbuck poaching case against actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, entered into the final phase of the trial as prosecution began arguments on Wednesday.

In the case, Salman Khan has been charged with hunting two black bucks at Kankani village on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998. The other actors and a local resident Dushyant Singh are charged with instigating Khan to poach the animals.

Three cases of poaching and one under the Arms Act, was registered against Khan in Jodhpur in 1998. He was shooting for the Hindi film--Hum Saath Saath Hain--when the incident took place.

The actor has been acquitted in the illegal arms case by trial courts. The prosecution has appealed against the acquittals. The appeals against the poaching case is pending in the Supreme Court now.

The black buck poaching is the only case at the trial stage.

On Wednesday, public prosecutor Bhawnisinh Bhati told the court that after receiving information about the poaching, the then forest officer ML Sonal recovered carcasses of two black bucks. He said many witnesses have identified Khan and other accused in their statements.

A forensic science laboratory (FSL) report found that bloodstains in the vehicle that the actors drove, was of the black bucks.

Bhati read out the statements of witnesses and informed the court about the findings of the FSL report. The prosecution will continue the arguments on Thursday.

The defendants will begin their arguments after the prosecution’s arguments are over.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 19:37 IST