The superstar got a bit emotional while his lawyers were presenting arguments in front of the magistrate, according to eyewitnesses.
Jaipur: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan whose action-packed movie ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has raked in hundreds of crores since its release got emotional while he appeared before a Jodhpur court in connection with a poaching case on Thursday.
Eyewitnesses reported that the actor’s eyes welled up while he was standing in the court.
Salman Khan had come to Jodhpur to attend a private function, but since a poaching case against him was being heard on the same day, he couldn’t be exempted from appearing in the court.
“His eyes welled up when the lawyers were arguing,” said a lawyer.
Salman was in the court from 2.37 pm to 3.10 pm. His lawyers argued in the court, pointing out discrepancies in the statements of some witnesses. The magistrate Devkumar Khatri watched the statement on a laptop. The actor’s lawyer Hastimal Sarswat argued that a case should be registered for perjury against those who have lied under oath and given false statements.
Salman Khan was standing on the left side of the magistrate with his bodyguard Shera. His eyes kept scanning the court.
After the arguments ended, he signed some documents and spoke to lawyers who had come to Jodhpur with him from Mumbai. He then left the court.
His fans were waiting for him outside the airport when his chartered flight landed and he came out of the airport building. They cheered for him.
The actor then reached the district court where a bigger crowd of fans was waiting for him.
Some fans climbed trees to get a glimpse of the superstar. The police had made security arrangements to maintain law and order. Barricades were put up to stop the crowd from entering the court premises.
Salman signed autographs for a couple of fans including a woman lawyer after coming out of the court.
Salman had a total of four separate cases registered against him in connection with the poaching of blackbucks and chinkara. Two of these cases were registered under section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act for poaching of two blackbucks in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on September 28-29, 1998.
In these two cases pertaining to the Wildlife Protection Act, the Rajasthan high court acquitted the actor in July, 2016.
The third case is pertaining to the use of illegal arms for poaching. He was acquitted in this case too.
The fourth case case under the Wildlife Protection Act is still under trial. This case is regarding the poaching of two blackbucks near Kakandi village on the intervening night of October 1 and October 2, 1998.