Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will have to appear again in the Jodhpur Sessions court on March 10 to record his statement in connection with the Chinkara poaching case.
The actor had earlier been exempted from appearing in the court, but he was summoned by the Chief Judicial Magistrate this time.
In December 2013, Salman Khan’s counsel had said that there was no direct evidence against the actor that he carried arms with expired license during the alleged Blackbuck poaching at the nearby Kankani village in 1998.
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In February 2006, Salman Khan was convicted under the Wild Life Act for poaching a Chinkara at Bhawad near Jodhpur during the shooting of film Hum Saath Saath Hain in September 1998.
Salman Khan was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and was slapped a fine of Rs 5,000.
Besides Salman, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were accused of poaching two Blackbucks in the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998 in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain.’
It may be recalled that the High Court had revised the charges against the actors in December 2012. In the fresh charges, Salman was charged with Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act and others including a local accused Dushyant Singh with sections 9/51, 9//52 of the same Act and section 149 of IPC.
Blackbuck is a protected animal and hunting or poaching of the same is a punishable offence under law. (With PTI inputs)