Blackbuck case: I didn’t kill the blackbucks, Salman pleads innocent

Salman Khan, who was present in the court with his ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam recorded his statement in 1998 Blackbuck poaching case. "I am innocent," he reportedly said in a Jodhpur court today.

Salman Khan claimed innocence before the Chief Judicial Magistrate and denied all the charges against him. “I didn’t kill the blackbucks,” Salman Khan reportedly said. 

Salman Khan said that the blackbucks had a natural death.
"Only the first forensic report of Dr Nepalia saying that the animal died of "natural causes" was true and the rest of the evidence is false," Salman said.

During the process, the Jodhpur magistrate asked him 60-odd questions to most of which he said "galat"

Salman, dressed in blue shirt and denims was standing between his lawyers from Mumbai, Anand Desai, and others.

The chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit asked the star, "You were seen by two people who said they saw you shoot the blackbuck". His said, "galat".

Chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit has directed appearance of all the accused on January 25 after completion of assessment of all the witnesses in the court. The date was deferred due to security reasons ahead of Republic Day.

The incident dates long back when the stars went to Jodhpur to shoot for Sooraj Barjatya’s family drama, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. Salman Khan is the main accused and since 1998, the superstar is facing trial in poaching case of an endangered black buck in Jodhpur's Kankani village and possession of illegal arms.

The co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, had accompanied the Bollywood star in the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' on October 1, 1998.

Apart from the stars, Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Ganware are the two more accused, claimed to have helped Salman in the hunting. Ganware has been on the run since the incident.

The postmortem and FSL reports confirmed that the mammals were killed by the expired firearms of Salman Khan.