In a dramatic turn of events yesterday, almost resembling a scene out of a movie, Bollywood actor Salman Khan stunned everyone present in the courtroom with his unique response.
The actor was summoned to appear before the Jodhpur court when the presiding judge asked him about his caste, Salman looked visibly perplexed. He finally responded ‘Indian’, and when asked yet again he added that he was Hindu and Muslim.
Chief judicial magistrate Anupama Bijlani while taking down his personal details, asked Salman his name, father’s name, occupation and other details to fill in a legal form. When the judge asked him about his caste, the actor was apparently quite baffled and said ‘Indian’. Ignoring a prompt from someone in the court to say ‘Muslim’, Salman said, “I am Hindu and Muslim. My father (Salim Khan) is a Muslim while my mother (Susheela Charak) is a Hindu.”
As per a report in indianexpress.com, Salman Khan is accused of poaching three chinkaras and a black buck near Jodhpur in 1998 during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. The actor had pleaded not guilty, though the forest department maintains that the licences of the weapons used by him had expired and therefore made their use illegal. The actor, in turn, argued in court that he had applied for a renewal of license for the weapons soon after it expired and thus he wasn’t using them illegally.