Salman Khan in trouble, Jodhpur court rejects his plea

The blackbuck poaching saga continues. Salman Khan is in Jodhpur as he is to appear today at the High Court for trial on his blackbuck poaching case. Along with shooting an animal on the endangered list, the ‘Dabanng’ actor has been accused of possessing arms although his license had expired during the alleged poaching case at Kankani village in 1998. The actor asked the court to club the two cases lodged against him under the arm act and wildlife act but the local court reject his plea and asked the superstar to record his statement.

In December, 2013, Salman Khan’s counsel had given a statement that there was no direct evidence pointing towards the actor which proved that the actor was carrying arms with an expired license during the alleged poaching. Salman’s lawyer, Hastimal Saraswat has said in the ACJM (Jodhpur district) that the case against the actor is nothong but a sheaf of untruth. This statement has failed on several accounts as the facts point otherwise.

The alleged incident had taken place during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. Along with Salman Khan, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were accused in the case which involved the poaching of two Blackbucks and a chinkara deer in the interim night between October 1 and October 2, 1998. The others were accused of ‘inciting’ the actor to hunt the animals.

The High Court had revised the charges against the actors in 2012 after which the fresh charges included Salman being charged with Section 9/51 of the Wildlife protection Act and others including Dushyant, a local have been charged with sections9/51, 9/52 of the same Act and 149 of the Indian Penal Code.

In February 2006, Salman Khan was convicted under the Wildlife Act, due to which he was slapped a fine of Rs. 50,000 and sentenced to a one year imprisonment.

In November 2013, the Rajasthan High Court had stayed the conviction of the actor, Salman Khan. This acted in Salman’s favour as he could get visa from countries which do not allow convicts to visit. This happened after the Rajastha High Court and the Supreme Court had rules that Section 148 of the Arms Act, or rioting with deadly weapons, did not apply to him.

The ‘Jai Ho’ actor was summoned by the Chief Judicial Magistrate to record his statement. Till date, he was exempted from appearing in Court, except today. He has a chance of putting up a defense today. According to his lawyer Hastimal Saraswat, ‘Salman has been asked to appear personally before the court on January 29.’