Blackbuck poaching case verdict: Salman Khan admits he was worried
The trailer launch of 'Race 3' was Salman Khan's first public appearance post the verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Therefore, the superstar was likely to face questions regarding the same. What wasn't expected was him reacting to any one of them. However, after a journalist brought up the topic, Salman admitted being worried about his conviction.
It so happened that when the journalist was putting across his query, the anchor of the event interrupted him and told no questions about the blackbuck case will be entertained. But, Salman in his characteristic style, quipped, "Did you think I was going to go in forever?" After the journalist replied with a "no", Salman said, "Thank you. Because I was worried."
Salman was pronounced guilty of poaching two blackbucks in October 1998 and was given a 5-year jail term. However, the 52-year-old spent just two nights at the Jodhpur Central Jail as prisoner number 106 before he was granted bail by the Sessions Court. His co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari were acquitted.
The highly-anticipated third installment of the 'Race' franchise will release on June 15. Directed by Remo D'Souza, 'Race 3' also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem.