The Jodhpur district and sessions court on Friday asked Bollywood star Salman Khan to produce a bail bond of Rs 20 thousand and appear in person before it on July 6 in an Arms Act case.
The court issued the order while hearing an appeal filed by the Rajasthan government on Khan’s acquittal by a chief judicial magistrate (CJM)’s court in the case over the illegal possession of weapons.
The police had filed the case against the actor in October 1998 for possessing and using unlicensed .22 rifle and .32 Us-made revolver and using them for allegedly poaching two black bucks in Jodhpur’s Kankani village earlier that year.
Days earlier Khan was charged with poaching chinkaras in Bhawad and Ghora farm and blackbucks in Kankani.
The Rajasthan high court in July last year acquitted him in the case pertaining to the poaching of two chinkaras. The blackbuck case is in the final stages of trial.
In Arms Act case, Chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpuroti had on January 18 this year acquitted the 51-year-old actor saying the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against him.
Session Judge Bhawandas Agrawal, while hearing the appeal, ordered the lawyers of Salman Khan to furnish the bail bond. Khan, who was earlier asked to be present in the court for the hearing failed to turn up in the court on Friday.
Anand Desai and Hastimal Sarswat, the counsels of the Bollywood star produced the Vakalatnama.