Poaching Case: Salman Khan tense, reaches court; will he be arrested?

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Jodhpur, Jan 29: Bollywood actor Salman Khan must be very tense today (Wednesday, Jan 29) as he reached Jodhpur court to record his statement in connection with infamous black buck poaching case.

Salman's lawyer approached the court urging the judge to record the actor's statement after 2:00 pm. The actor along with his sister Alvira reached the CJM court in Jodhpur on Wednesday morning. Salman along with his colleagues of the cine world were booked in 1998 when they killed black buck while shooting for a Hindi movie -- 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.

Salman is charged with illegal possession and use of weapons for poaching protected animals. He killed the animals with weapons even after its license lapsed.

The actor along with his sister Alvira reached the CJM court in Jodhpur

Earlier other accused -- Sonali Bendre and Tabu were produced before the court for their identification in the black buck poaching case of 1998.

Eyewitness Poonam Chand, whose cross examination by the defence was underway, refused to identify Ms Bendre. "She looked like Tabu," he said about the other actor.

Besides Sonali Bendre and Tabu and Salman, actors Saif Ali Khan and Neelam are also accused in the case along with two others.

Public prosecutor Upendra Shamra objected to these actors being produced in the court unexpectedly, and said, "Both the actresses were produced in the court in a manner that they look identical and that too without bringing this to any notice of the court and the prosecution."

"I pray to produce them in the court in proper manner so that we can examine the witness in their presence," Mr Sharma said.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur) Chandra Kala Jain then postponed the hearing till Tuesday.

Besides, the court accepted an application by K K Vyas, the counsel of Saif, Sonali and Neelam seeking permission for cross examination of the witness, for which it ordered to deposit a cost of Rs. 5,000 in the forest department.

Although the court accepted the request, it warned that if they fail to deposit the cost, their cross examination will not be taken on record, said Mahipal Bishnoi, the counsel for complainant and eyewitness Poonam Chand.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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