Salman Khan appears in court, pleads not guilty in Arms Act case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan reached Jodhpur court to record his statement. He was supposed to appear in the court on April 23 but on the health ground he was barred for appearing on the particular date. On reaching court, Salman Khan pleaded not guilty in the infamous arms act case.

Salman was booked under Section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code. On April 23, CJM Anupama Bijlani asked Salman's counsel to confirm his presence on April 29. 

The case dates back to 1998 when Salman and his team killed endangered species three chinkaras and a black buck during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. The licence of the weapon which the actor used in killing the rare species was found to be expired. The forest department slapped Arms Act case against the superstar. The verdict of 16 years long pending case was supposed to come on February 25.

On Wednesday, the actor was present in the court along with his counsel, bodyguard Shera and sister Alvira.

"I am innocent and I have done nothing wrong," Salman told the court. The court asked the actor if he wanted to present any witness in his defence, to which Salman responded positively.

"The court has now posted the matter on May 4 for further hearing," Hastimal Saraswat, counsel for Salman, told IANS over phone.

Before recording the actor’s statement, Chief Judicial Magistrate Anupama Bijlani asked him his name, father’s name, profession and other details to fill up court’s form.

Salman got little confused when the court asked about his caste. He gave a confused look to the court, his bodyguard and the counsel and someone from behind said that he is Muslim. But the actor said to the court that he is both “Hindu and Muslim” both.

Salman told the court that his father is a Muslim and mother is a Hindu.