On Tuesday, Bollywood star Salman Khan apologized for ‘mistakenly’ submitting a false affidavit during the Jodhpur court hearing in the case of hunting blackbucks in 1998.
Meanwhile, the final verdict in the case is going to be pronounced on Thursday.
Salman appeared through video call for his hearing against the blackbuck poaching case. His lawyer Hastimal Saraswat told the court that the affidavit was mistakenly submitted to the court on August 8, 2003, that the actor should be forgiven.
Saraswat said on the conference call, “The affirmation was mistakenly given on 08th August 2003, as Salman was too busy and had skipped that his license was given for renewal. Hence, he stated that the license had gone missing in the court.”
In the case of hunting blackbucks in Jodhpur, Salman was arrested in 1998. At that point, a case under Arms Act was registered against him and therefore the court had asked him to submit his arms license.Salman also said he had lost the license. He also lodged an FIR at the Bandra police headquarters in Mumbai during this connection.
However, the court later came to understand that Salman’s arm license wasn’t lost, but had been submitted for renewal.Public prosecutor Bhavani Singh Bhati had then asked that a case of misleading the court should be filed against Salman.
A trial court in 2018 had convicted Salman and awarded him five-year imprisonment for the killing of two blackbucks during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in October 1998. The actor had challenged the court verdict in the sessions court. Salman’s fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre, who were present on the spot in Kankani alongside him, are acquitted.