Implementing a notice released by the Interpol, the Mumbai Crime division has recorded the statement of Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan.
As per sources, the Bulgarian administration had asked the Interpol to record Saif’s statement with regard to the wild boar hunting case in which Khan’s agent has been reserved by the Bulgarian police.
The sources added that Khan’s declaration was taken as a witness.
A senior representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated that earlier this month, a squad from the Bandra division of the Mumbai Crime division had taken the actor’s statement.
There is no information whether the statement given by the actor has been sent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the country’s nodal bureau for the Interpol.
The media persons also quoted a representative, while hiding their individuality, stating “The actor is a witness in a hunting case probed by the Bulgarian police. After the communication from the Interpol was received, the crime branch, Bandra unit, was asked to record the actor’s statement. A team of the Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths from the unit visited the actor’s suburban residence and recorded his statement,”
In Bulgaria, wild-boar hunting is permitted by the commandment.
Only, one requires obtaining proper permissions as well as authorizations for wild-boar hunting. Foreign persons can also get hold of permissions as well as authorizations, which would expire after a period of 30 days.
“The agent has been booked for organising a hunt… without the requisite permits and licence. The Interpol has sought details on the case from the actor,” the media people quoted one more source.
During the month of April, a Jodhpur court had convicted megastar Salman Khan in blackbuck hunting and sent him to prison for 5 years (he is out on bail), while releasing others charged for the same Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu owing to lack of proof.
Salman Khan and his coworkers got charged under Section 9 of The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act.
The law stated hunting as a punishment and it said, “No person shall hunt any wild animal specified in Schedule, I, II, III and IV”.