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Salman Khan’s plea against blackbuck poaching case heard in Rajasthan court

Salman Khan was convicted in the Kankani blackbuck poaching case in the year 1998. Recently, a district court in Rajasthan heard a plea by Khan against the case and fixed August 3rd and 4th for further hearing.

The hearing on Salman Khan’s plea continued for around three hours in the pre-lunch and post-lunch hours in the court of District and Sessions Judge Chandra Kumar Sonagara.

Salman Khan was convicted for shooting and killing two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998, while he was shooting there for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain.

His co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, were also accused in the case. However, these actors were acquitted by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jodhpur Rural.

During the last hearing, defence counsel Hastimal Saraswat had submitted an application in the district court, stating that the Kankani blackbuck poaching case and the Arms Act case registered thereof, should be heard together since both were similar in nature and had common witnessed. The court had fixed July 17 for hearing in both the cases.

Salman Khan spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail, after which, he was granted bail on April 7. He was sentenced to five years in jail on April 5 by the CJM court in the case.

The decisions by the courts in all these years have witnessed huge outrage from both the Bishnoi community, who are the resident tribes of the area and on the other hand, by Salman’s fans, who want their star to be free once and for all.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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