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Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case: On verdict day, prosecution wants to bring new evidence

After hearing arguments, the court fixed March 3 for a decision on the four pleas in Salman Khan poaching case.

By: Express News Service | Jodhpur | Updated: February 26, 2015 12:24:26 pm
Salman Khan, salman khan poaching case, black buck paoching case A local court today deferred the judgement in the Arms Act case against Salman Khan related to the 1998 black buck poaching incident, saying four pending applications from the prosecution have come to light on which it will decide on March 3.

Nine years after four applications were moved to introduce new witnesses, evidence and documents in the Arms Act case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan related to the 1998 black buck poaching incident, the prosecution on the day of verdict again brought up the appeal before a Jodhpur court. The hearing was adjourned till March 3 when the court will decide whether to admit the plea.

(Read: Judgement in Salman Khan’s illegal arms case today)

The prosecution’s move to bring up the August 30, 2006, applications on Wednesday come as a surprise and if admitted this could give Khan a breather for several years. Speaking to reporters in Jodhpur, Khan’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat said the state had produced 16 witnesses in 16 years, and if the application was admitted, the case would drag on for another 24 years.

(Read: Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Prosecution to lead evidence of 2 key witnesses)

Khan was not present in court for the hearing on Wednesday and had sought an exemption. Khan is accused of poaching three chinkaras and a black buck near Jodhpur in 1998 during the shooting of a film, Hum Saath Saath Hain. The forest department had then registered a case under the Arms Act with the local police alleging that the licenses of the weapons used by him had expired.

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Khan has argued in court that he had applied for a renewal of licence for the weapons soon after it expired and hence was not using them illegally. The local court in Jodhpur could sentence Khan to between three to seven years in jail if found guilty.

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