A Jodhpur court on 14 May dismissed actor Salman Khan’s plea for re-examination of witnesses in a case related to illegal possession and used of arms.
The actor had filed an appeal for re-examination of five witnesses in the case registered against him under Arms Act.
The forest department filed a case against Salman under the Arms Act. It said licence of the arms used by Khan during alleged poaching of black bucks at village Kankani near Jodhpur in October, 1998, had expired. Hence the actor had used the arms illegally.
Black buck is a protected animal and its hunting is a punishable offence. Vishnoi community, which considers itself as protector of the animal, are incensed with Salman over the incident.
On April 23, the chief judicial magistrate, Jodhpur had accepted an application moved by Khan’s counsel seeking exemption from his appearance in the court on the ground of ill health, and asked him to appear on 14 May to record his statement.
Besides Khan, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also accused of poaching near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.