Bollywood Star, Salman Khan who appeared before a trail court at Jodhpur, in connection to the infamous 1998 blackbuck shooting case, said that he was innocent and framed.
The actor who was asked to appear before the court on Wednesday, after he had cited ill-health for his absence on April 23 – recorded his statements before the chief judicial magistrate, Anupama Bijlani.
The court, before reading out the charges, followed its routine procedure of establishing the identity of the accused by asking Salman – his name, caste and profession. When the judge asked for Salman’s caste, he was perplexed and looked from side to side. He said that he was an “Indian”. When the court did not accept the reply, Salman said, ” I am a Hindu-Muslim”.
When he was asked to clarify his statement, Salman said,“My father is a Muslim and my mother is a Hindu”. Salman’s father, Salim Khan is a Bollywood scriptwriter, a Muslim and Sush eela Charak, is Salman’s mother, a Hindu.
During the session, charges made by four more witnesses against Salman, were read out to him by the Chief Judicial Magistrate. He denied all the charges saying that they were “false”.
Salman Khan is accused under the Arms Act for using a rifle with an expired license to poach Blackbucks. The alleged poaching incident occurred on October 1, 1998 at Kankani near Jodhpur, in Rajasthan. Salman Khan was in Rajasthan for the shooting of his film Hum Saath Saath Hain during the time.