Harish Dulani, the only witness to the Salman Khan poaching case, on Wednesday said that he is scared to give a statement in the Rajasthan High Court as he has been receiving death threats.
Dulani, the driver of the jeep used by Khan during hunting of endangered Chinkara in 1998, told the media that he was forced to move out of Jodhpur because he was constantly receiving threats.
“Please ensure my protection; I do not have a lot of knowledge about legal matters. I am a simple man. My father’s life was threatened; I don’t stand a chance in front of all these big people,” Dulhani told the media here.
According to reports, Dulani was sacked by the car company that hired him to drive the Gypsy used by the actor.
On Monday, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Khan in two cases relating to the killing of Chinkara ,or Indian Gazelle, citing lack of evidence against the actor.
He asserted that he stands by the comment he made before the magistrate 18 years ago, adding he is ready to go to the court again provided he receives police protection.
“The statement I gave that time. I stand firm with it.” he said. “I don’t know how they can brand me as an absconder when I have been here all this time. I am ready to go to court if summoned,” he added.
The court had overturned earlier verdicts and said that there is no proof that it was Khan’s licenced gun that shot the deer.
Moreover, the court also agreed with Salman Khan?s lawyer who argued that Dulhani was never available for cross-examination.
Salman Khan was booked under the section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching two chinkaras in Bhawad village on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania on 28 September 1998.