Salman Khan asked to appear before court
It seems the actor Salman Khan has a bad start of the new year 2014. In the latest development he is been summoned by the Jodhpur District court to appear in front of it on 29th January this year. This is in regards to the infamous Black buck poaching case that took place in the fateful night of 1-2 October of 1998.
Chandra Kala Jain who is the chief judicial magistrate of the Jodhpur court has already seen the examination of all the witnesses of the prosecution have finally summoned the actor to appear in court. The magistrate announced the summon on Wednesday. Upendra Sharma, the public prosecutor told that Salman is now needed to be examined at the local court.
Hastimal Saraswat is Salman’s counsel in this case and he informs that Ashok Patni who was the investigating officer in the Black buck poaching case was the last one to be examined in the court. The trial of the infamous Black buck poaching case resumed from 25th May of 2013 after a long seven year suspension. This happened after the revision petition by Rajasthan government submitted in 2006 was finally rejected on 15th May 2013.
The charges against Salman Khan is that of carrying weapons that had expired license during the black buck hunting incident on the night of 1st and 2nd October 1998. However, Saraswat states that there is no proof of Salman carrying the weapons during the poaching incident. Saraswat also says that, "There are many loose ends in the case. During examination, the officer could not give satisfactory and conclusive replies to some very important questions raised by me." It seems Salman will be able to finally get rid off of the case from his back finally.
It was during the shooting of the Sooraj Barjatya film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ that the cast of the film was present at the outdoor location of beautiful Rajasthan. On the night of first and second October 1998 the actors are alleged to be involved in the Black buck poaching in the village named Kanakani, near Jodhpur. Black buck is facing extension and hence given the protected status. Poaching of the animal is punishable by law.
Other than Salman, actors Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam were also involved in the shameful incident and were charged as well, initially.