Today is the D-Day for Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam as the Jodhpur court finally pronounces the verdict in their 20 year old black buck (chinkara) poaching case. All the actors were accused of poaching black bucks during the shoot of Hum Saath Saath Hain after the local Bishnoi community found two black bucks dead and filed a case against the cast. In January last year, Salman Khan pleaded he’s innocent along with rest of the accused. He also revealed that he was falsely accused as he never went hunting due to security risks. However, with the evidences smelling fishy, the court is now set to pass the final judgement today. Will Salman, Saif, Sonali and Tabu be freed from charges? Or will they be proven guilty?
Here, we bring you all the LIVE updates from the Jodhpur court as and how the case proceeds. Salman, Saif, Sonali and Tabu have already landed in Jodhpur. They flew to the city last evening and will be appearing before court by 10 today.
5:25 pm: Salman Khan interacts with the police officials inside the Central Jail
5:00 pm: Salman Khan’s lawyer issues an official statement after the court’s verdict saying, “We respect the decision of the Hon’ble Court. While we are studying the judgement it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan in two cases, and even by the Hon’ble CJM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offence on the very same night as is the subject matter of the present case. Also, in the present case the Hon’ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon’ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today. The Hon’ble Sessions Court will hear the appeal for suspension of othe sentence / bail at 1030 tomorrow.”
3:36 pm: Salman Khan undergoes medical examination in Jodhpur Jail where he’ll be serving his sentence.
2:10 pm: Salman Khan sentenced to five years of imprisonment and fined Rs. 10,000. He will be sent to the Central Jail soon. Sisters Alvira Agnihotri and Arpita Khan Sharma started crying on hearing the sentence.
12:28 pm: Salman Khan is still awaiting the final sentencing. All those reports that suggested he has been sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment are not true. Stay tuned for the final verdict.
11:31: Salman Khan has to approach the Sessions Court for bail. Further reports awaited
11:25: Salman Khan convicted by the Jodhpur court, as per early reports
11:16 am: Final hearing begins. The actors have deposited their phones before entering the court for the verdict. Few minutes to go before we get to hear the judgement.
11:10 am: If convicted, the all 5 actors will be taken to the Central Jail which also has Asaram Bapu.
11:08 am: Sonali Bendre and Tabu arrive in court
11:02 am: Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam arrive in court along with Salman’s sister Arpita, Alvira and bodyguard Shera. The court is waiting for Sonali Bendre and Tabu to begin the final hearing.