Salman pleads not guilty in arms case

Jaipur, April 29: Bollywood actor Salman Khan pleaded “not guilty” on Wednesday in an arms case in a court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur city. Salman was in Jodhpur to record his statement under Section 313 of the Crimil Procedure Code in the chief judicial magistrate’s (CJM) court in Jodhpur in the 17-year-old case. CJM Anupama Bijlani on April 23 asked Salman’s counsel to ensure his presence in the court on April 29.

On Wednesday, the actor was present in the court along with his counsel and answered the questions posed by the court. Salman and a few other Bollywood stars were accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hindi movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. Two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur. Salman is accused of carrying and using illegal arms in that incident. He is also alleged to have been carrying arms with expired licence. Salman’s sister Alvira and his bodyguard Shera were present during Wednesday’s proceedings in an overcrowded courtroom.  (IANS)

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