Bollywood actor Salman Khan woes remain never-ending as he had to reach the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Jodhur today, (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) to record his statement in blackbucks case under the Arms Act that took place in 1998.
CJM Anupama Bijlani had on April 23 asked Salman’s counsel to ensure his presence in the court on April 29.
“He (Salman) along with his body guard Shera and sister Alvira reached the court at around 9.50 a.m. A contingent of police was posted outside the court to control the fans who had come here in large numbers to get a glimpse of the film star,” a police official told IANS.
Salman Khan and a few other Bollywood stars were accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of Oct 1-2, 1998 during the shooting of a movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.
Two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur.
Khan is accused of carrying and using illegal arms. He is also alleged to have been carrying arms with an expired license.
The chief judicial magistrate had asked Khan to appear before the court for recording of his statement on April 23, but he did not come due to infection in his ear.
On 17 February 2006, Salman Khan was sentenced to one year in prison for hunting the blackbucks or Chinkara, an endangered species but it was stayed by a higher court during appeal. On 10 April 2006, he was given a verdict of a five-year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail until 13 April when he was granted bail.
On 24 July 2012, Rajasthan High Court finalised charges against Salman Khan and his other colleagues in the endangered black buck killing case, paving way for start of the trial. In July 2014, Supreme Court issued a notice to Salman Khan on Rajasthan government’s plea challenging the HC order suspending his conviction.
Today’s appearance in court is only to record his statement.
(With inputs from IANS)