Salman Khan blackbuck case: The Jodhpur Court has rejected the prosecution’s plea to summon a doctor who performed the postmortem of the blackbuck. The Bollywood star along with his fellow co-stars – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre – had allegedly hunted down two blackbucks in the Kankani village of Rajasthan in September 1998. The killing of the endangered species happened during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ movie, according to Indian Express.
A complaint was filed by the members of Bishnoi community of October 2, of the same year and the actor was taken into custody on October 12. Whilst the court had granted bail to the Superstar on October 17, he was held guilty by the trial court in 2006. In October 2016, the Dabangg star was acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court which said, “there was no evidence to prove that the animals who were found dead were shot by the actor’s licensed gun.”
But this was not the end for Salman Khan’s problems as the apex court on November 11, 2016, had agreed to fast-track a plea filed against him by the Rajasthan government. In January 2017 Salman with his fellow co-stars was asked to record a statement with the chief judicial magistrate of Jodhpur. Sources reported that Salman Khan’s official statement was that the blackbuck died 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,” he said according to First Post.
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Salman Khan was also charged with two more cases of poaching which included the Chinkara deer in Bhawad village and blackbuck in the Mathania village which was excluded from fast-track hearing by the Supreme Court, according to First Post.