A day after Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that the government was ready to provide security to Harish Dulani, a key witness in the alleged chinkara poaching cases of Salman Khan, Dulani on Friday wrote a letter to Kataria seeking the same.
“Ever since the High Court has passed its order, unknown persons are after me and keeping a watch on all my activities 24X7. And I fear for the safety of my family and myself. Hence, I request you to provide me security,” Dulani said in the letter sent through his lawyer Anil Gaur.
“I am a very poor person and earn my livelihood by working as a labourer and have not been able to find work anywhere; my financial condition is abject,” he said, recounting, “When I had come for the hearing in the case back then, unknown persons had threatened my father, and hence, without telling anyone, I went out of Rajasthan for some time.”
“Hence, I request you to provide security cover to me and my family so that we can live without fear,” Dulani said.
Dulani was the driver of the gypsy used by Salman for the alleged chinkara hunt in 1998. But it was being driven by Salman at the time and he was sitting at the back, Dulani had deposed before the magistrate in 1998.
While arguing the case in the court, Salman’s lawyer had contended that the actor had been falsely framed in these cases, merely on the statements of Dulani. The court also observed that Dulani’s statements were unreliable and set them aside, leaving the case resting on insufficient circumstantial evidence.
While ‘missing’ between 2002-2006, Dulani subsequently returned to Jodhpur after Salman’s conviction by the trial court. However, he was still not called by the prosecution in the High Court. The High Court had observed that at the trial stage, Dulani was not called by prosecution in the fear that the case which weaved around his statement would’ve come apart had he been cross-examined.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s Forest Minister Rajkumar Rinwa told media persons in Pushkar on Friday that a committee constituted by the government will study the high court’s judgment and take a call on approaching the Supreme Court (SC).
A delegation from the Bishnoi community under Akhil Bharatiya Bishnoi Mahasabha also met Additional Advocate General K L Thakur and thanked him for pursuing the case in the High Court for the government, and requested him to approach the SC against the acquittal.