A quirky exchange took place inside the court when Salman Khan was being quizzed about his background at the trial court in Jodhpur on Wednesday was questioned about his caste. Salman appeared confused and replied it was ‘Indian’. The presiding officer said that did not indicate his caste, the actor corrected it to ‘Hindu-Muslim’. Salman then explained: “My mother is a Hindu and my father is a Muslim.”
Afterwards, his counsel said that Salman Khan appeared before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Anupama Bijlani and pleaded innocence.
“Court gave us time to present our side on May 4,” he said.
Salman Khan was accompanied by bodyguard Shera and sister Alvira.
Earlier one of the actor’s bouncers had an argument with the police at the entrance of the court when police stopped him from entering the courtroom.
A case had been registered against Salman Khan by the forest department under the Arms Act mentioning that licence of the arms used by Khan during alleged poaching of black bucks at village Kankani near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998, had expired and hence the actor had been using the arms illegally.
Black buck is a protected animal.
On April 23, the Chief Judicial Magistrate had accepted an application moved by Khan’s counsel seeking exemption from his appearance in the court on the ground of ill health, and asked him to appear today to record his statement.