Arms Act: Salman Khan's request for revision of witnesses granted

Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s petition seeking permission to recall five prosecution witnesses in the Arms Acts case has been granted by the Rajasthan High Court.

Following the move, the lower court hearing the actor’s case will now have to re-examine the witnesses including the then district magistrate Rajat Kumar Mishra and the investigating officer (ASP) Ashok Patni.

The trail court had rejected Salman’s plea for revision of the witnesses as they were already examined. However, when it allowed the prosecution to call four new witnesses, the actor’s legal team made a fresh plea to call those witnesses again which was turned down.  

Salman then approached the High Court with a criminal miscellaneous petition to re introduce the witnesses. "The High Court had allowed our petition on May 28 staying the trial in the ACJM (Rural) court until the petition was not decided," Salman’s lawyer H M Saraswat said.

The High Court had on July 20 stayed case in the lower court and took up for hearing the actor’s plea, but it remained incomplete. The matter was again taken up on July 28 where Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur admitted the five prosecution witnesses in the case.

According to the case, Salman is accused of using his weapons illegally as the licence had expired, when he went for hunting along with a few other actors during the shooting of his film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ in 1998.

The case in the lower court has been adjourned till August 19.