Salman Khan’s poaching case reframed and appeals against his conviction deferred
There seems to be no end for the trials and tribulations of Salman Khan. Recently before the actor could take off for his ‘Rockstars’ concert, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for poaching in a black buck case. Salman even spent three days in a Jodhpur jail, before he was released on bail. Now after he’s back from his concert, controversy once again seems to be courting him. Today once again fresh charges were re-filed at a local court in Jodhpur against Salman Khan and other stars like Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and a local Dushyant Singh.
Earlier on Salman was charged under section 148 of the Indian Penal Code (rioting armed with a deadly weapon) and section 27 of the Arms Act (possession of arms with intent for unlawful purpose). However the actor was discharged under these sections of the IPC. The other actors too were discharged under sections 147 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC. However the additional sessions judge ordered a reframing of the charges against all the accused. The incident took place in 1998 in Kankani village during the shooting of a film where two black bucks were killed.
All the accused appeared before a magistrate who declared the hearing of a revision of petition against the framing of charges in the case. Salman has now been charged under section 51 (hunting) of the Wildlife Protection Act and stars Saif, Tabu, Sonali and Neelam have been charged under section 52 (abetment) of the act.
Due to legal technicalities, another case pertaining to Salman’s possession of arms was adjourned till 21 June. The judge adjourned the case as Salman’s counsel opposed the inclusion of some new documents as the case was already eight years old. Also his appeals against his convictions in the Bhavad and Ghoda cases was deferred to August 21, as the records of both the appeals have been summoned by the Rajasthan court and the Rajasthan government has filed a separate appeal regarding the discharge of the other accused related to the case.