Arms Act case: Hearing of Salman Khan’s petition deferred

The hearing of actor Salman Khan’s appeal for revision of witnesses in the Arms Act case has been deferred after Rajasthan High Court Justice Vijay Vishnoi rescued himself from the case and referred the matter to Chief Justice Sunil Ambwani.

Justice Ambwani will now delegate the case to another judge. “Now the Chief Justice will decide which court would hear this petition. Till then we would have to wait,” Salman’s lawyer for the case H M Saraswat said.

Salman was accused of poaching three chinkaras and a black buck near Jodhpur in 1998 during the shooting of his film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’. Three cases, including one under the Arms Act, were registered against the actor.

According to the case, Salman was using his weapons illegally as their licenses had expired. However, the actor maintained that he had applied for a renewal of his licence as soon as it expired and hence, he was not using them illegally.

The Vishnoi community reveres the black buck. The animal is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. It is categorised as ‘near threatened’ in the IUCN red list.

A Jodhpur court had on May 14 rejected the actor’s petition to re-examine five witnesses in the case.

The witnesses had already been examined but after the trial court allowed the prosecution to call four new witnesses, Salman’s lawyers made a fresh plea to call those witnesses again.