Salman Khan, accompanied by his sister, Alvira Khan, soon to be bride. Salman remained in the court during the entire hearing, which saw the defence grilling one of the witnesses. The super star left about an hour later for the airport to board his chartered plane before the hearing in another case related to the poaching of two black bucks in October 1998 began.
“Salman Khan was not summoned by the court on Friday, but since he was in the city for some other work, he made it a point to appear in court as a gesture of responsibility and respect for the court,” said the Salman Khan’s counsel Hasti Mal Saraswat.
The hearing in both the cases of poaching of two black bucks in Kankani area near Jodhpur and Arms Act is progressing simultaneously in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Anupama Bijlani.
“Hearing was scheduled in both the cases today but Khan appeared as a routine accused, remained there until the hearing in the Arms Act case was over and left,” said public prosecutor N. K. Sankhla.
The Supreme Court, while hearing a petition filed by the state government on November 05, 2014 challenging the Rajasthan High Court’s order to suspend his five year conviction in another case of poaching, had taken objection on suspension of his sentence and had kept its order reserved.
Salman Khan was convicted and sentenced to one year and five year prison terms in separate cases of poaching of two chinkaras at Bhawad and one black buck at Ghoda Farm on the intervening night of September 26 and September 27, 1998 and September 28 and September 29, 1998 respectively.
He is among a group of Bollywood stars accused of hunting the endangered black buck while in Rajasthan to shoot a film, Hum Saath Saath Hain, sixteen years ago. One of the cases against them pertains to contravention of the Arms Act and another for poaching two black bucks in Kankani village.
Salman Khan’s team has claimed that the original report did not name the stars, including Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Saif Ali Khan, and that their names were added later.
He has been asked by the court to present a controversial news report he wrote about the incident in 1998 at the next hearing on December 08, 2014.
Salman Khan appeared in a Jodhpur court during the hearing in the case under Arms Act against him in connection with poaching of two endangered black ...2.5