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Actors Salman, Saif, Tabu and 2 others to record statements in black buck case …

Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam will record their statements before the chief judicial magistrate court (Jodhpur District) on Friday in the 18-year-old black buck poaching case.

Actor Saif Ali Khan in Jodhpur on Thursday. (HT Photo)

On January 13, the court had ordered the five accused actors to appear before it on January 25 to record their statements, but their counsel filed an application for exemption from appearance. The court then ordered the accused to appear on January 27.

Salman Khan’s counsel Hastimal Sarswat told Hindustan Times that the prosecution has examined only 28 witnesses of the total 51. If required, the defence side would be given a chance after the accused statements are recorded.

The five actors, who arrived in Jodhpur on Thursday, are accused of poaching two black bucks — protected under the Wildlife Protection Act — near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998. Actor Salman Khan is also facing trial for possession of illegal firearms that were used to shoot the animals.

Two others, Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Ganware, are accused of helping the actors hunt. Ganware has been on the run since the incident and accusations against him are yet to be framed.

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Actors Salman, Saif, Tabu and 2 others to record statements in black buck case …