A day after actor Salman Khan’s ‘missing’ driver claimed that he saw the actor shooting a black buck, Rajasthan Law Minister Rajendra Rathod said that he will explore legal options and even approach Supreme Court in the case. Harish Dulani, Salman Khan’s driver who was reported to be ‘missing’, appeared on a TV channel and stated that he sticks to his previous claim of the actor getting off the car and shooting the deer.
Meanwhile, the state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that the witness will be provided security.”This person wants protection because this matter has been on for 14 years. He has never approached us for protection but if he asks in writing we will provide security.” the minister was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The statement came two days after the 50-year-old actor was acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in two cases related to poaching of Chinkaras in Jodhpur in 1998. “I stick to the statement I made before the magistrate 18 years ago that Salman got off the car and shot the deer. I was not absconding but I was scared due to several threats received by me and my father,” he told NDTV.
“Due to fear I went away to my relatives’ place in Jodhpur. We had asked for protection but did not get it. If I had police protection, I could have given a statement. That was what I always intended,” he added. On Monday, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted the actor saying that the pellets recovered from the Chinkaras were not fired from Khan’s licensed gun.
The ‘Dabangg’ actor was jailed in 2007 for nearly a week for shooting Chinkaras in Jodhpur in 1998.