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Salman Khan’s Black Buck Poaching Verdict Out Today

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Written by Heer Pamnani

Salman Khan allegedly killed two black bucks while filming Hum Saath Saath Hai in 1998 at the Kankani Village in Jodhpur, an act prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.

The Jodhpur court will announce the final verdict in the two-decade old case involving superstar Salman Khan and his colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam.

The final arguments and appeals were made on March, 28th and the verdict was reserved for April 5th by judicial magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri. The charges have been filed under 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, which could lead to imprisonment term of maximum 6 years to a minimum of 1 year.

While actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre are charged with abetting/encouraging the poaching under section 9/51 with 52 of the Wildlife Protection Act and illegal assembly (section 149 of the Indian Penal Code), for which the punishment/imprisonment term is the same as the main accused.

Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh, said:

“All of them were in a Gypsy car that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat. He, on spotting a herd of black bucks, shot at and killed two of them. But on being spotted and chased, they fled from the spot leaving the dead animals there.”

However, the allegations are being denied by Salman Khan’s counsel H M Saraswat who states the evidence has been fabricated and tampered with, and fake witnesses have been arranged to mislead the case.

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