Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who appeared before a Jodhpur court Wednesday afternoon, came up with a dramatic response when the judge asked him his caste.
First Salman Khan, looking baffled, responded saying, ‘Indian’, but when asked yet again, he maintained, he was Hindu and Muslim.
While taking down his personal details, chief judicial magistrate Anupama Bijlani, asked Salman his name, father’s name, occupation and other details to fill in a legal form.
When the judge asked him his caste, the actor first said, ‘Indian’, looking perplexed. Someone from the court even prompted him to say ‘Muslim’ but Salman ignored it and said, “I am Hindu and Muslim. My father (Salim Khan) is a Muslim while my mother (Susheela Charak) is a Hindu.”
Salman Khan was in court to plead ‘not guilty’ in the arms act case related to the alleged poaching of a black buck. The next hearing in the case is slated for May 4.
The actor is accused of poaching three chinkaras and a black buck near Jodhpur in September and early October 1998 during the shooting of a film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. The forest department had then registered a case under the Arms Act with the local police alleging that the licenses of the weapons used by him had expired and thereby making the use illegal. Salman Khan has argued in court that he had applied for a renewal of licence for the weapons soon after it expired and hence was not using them illegally.