Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who is accused of hunting an endangered deer while shooting his 1998 film Hum Saath Saath Hain, will appear before a Jodhpur court today to record his statement.
Salman’s appeal that this case be clubbed with a separate blackbuck poaching case which is still under trial has been rejected by the court.
The actor told the court in January this year that he had no arms with him in Jodhpur and they were in Mumbai.
“I had called for those arms from Mumbai to Jodhpur only after the Forest Department asked me,” Salman said.
Mr. Khan also confirmed the court that he was not guilty of poaching. He also claimed that the investigation and forest officers had fabricated a case against him.
Mr. Khan has already twice spent time in the Jodhpur jail, in 1998 and again in 2007 and has been handed sentences of two and five years, appeals against which are pending in the High Court.
Salman Khan’s revolver and rifle were seized by the court. Also, their licenses were found to have expired.
In November last year, the Rajasthan High Court ordered that Salman’s poaching conviction be suspended for visa purposes to make it easier for him, who had been denied a UK visa to travel abroad to shoot his film Kick.
Salman’s co-stars in Hum Saath Saath Hain – Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre are also charged with inciting Salman to hunt.