Bollywood actor Salman Khan has pleaded not guilty on the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case, and said that the animal had died due to “natural causes”. The actor has said that he is innocent and the forest department is framing him for the sake of publicity.
The 51-year-old actor was accused of poaching two blackbucks, a protected species in India, near Kankani village. Along with him were his Hum Saath Saath Hain co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam.
The Sultan actor was quoted saying, “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.” The actor replied he was an Indian when the court asked him the customary questions of his name, age, residence, caste. Interestingly, he had the same answer during the hearing in the Arms Act Case on 29 April, 2016.
The next hearing in the Blackbuck case is scheduled for February 15.