Black buck case verdict today; Salman Khan, other actors reach Jodhpur

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Black buck case verdict today; Salman Khan, other actors reach Jodhpur

Salman Khan reportedly shot and killed two blackbucks while Saif, Sonali, Tabu and Neelam are accused of inciting him to poach the animals.

During the shooting of the film, Salman Khan with his co-stars went on an alleged hunting activity in the nearby forest and was accused of killing two blackbucks in Kankani in the prevailing night of October 1-2, 1998. While Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, who were also shooting for the film, are the co-accused in the case.

August 2013: Actor's United Kingdom visa gets denied due to the conviction charges. Final hearing of the case was completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had kept the judgment for today. This is last of the three poaching cases against Salman from 1998 that is being heard at Jodhpur trial court.

Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu also left for Jodhpur from Mumbai.

Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati was quoted saying, "All of them were in a Gypsy auto that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat".

He added, "The minimum sentence if they are convicted, is one year whereas the maximum sentence is six years". But, the actor was later acquitted by Rajasthan High Court in 2016 for the poaching of the chinkaras. There is a separate case against Salman for allegedly killing a chinkara too. Tabu, who is in Jodhpur as the verdict on the Blackbuck poaching case will be out today, was harassed upon her arrival in Jodhpur. "Prosecution has failed to prove the allegations. They can not say to the media at this juncture whether they are tense or anxious", said a source close to Tabu.

Salman Khan's lawyers, however, claim there is no forensic evidence to prove that the deer were hunted and killed with guns.

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