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'Pataudi threatened me to change testimony'

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, accused in a black buck poaching case, appears to be in fresh trouble.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 04:18 IST

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, accused in a black buck poaching case, on Saturday appeared to be in fresh trouble as one of the co-accused in the case alleged that the former cricketer threatened him to change his testimony given to police or "face the consequence".

Madan Singh alleged that Pataudi called him to his Vasant Kunj residence in Delhi on August 20 and in the presence of his lawyer, asked him to change the statement given to police and own up to the crime of killing the black buck.

However, Pataudi's lawyer SS Goel said, "There is no question of threatening anybody. He is a co-accused in the case and not even a witness. I don't know with what motive he is leveling the allegation."

Goel, who is based in Jhajjar, said he had spoken to his client Pataudi with regard to the case.

Singh told reporters that when he refused to comply, Pataudi allegedly threatened him with "dire consequences".

He claimed he had given a complaint to Jhajjar police this afternoon in this regard.

However, Superintendent of Police KK Rao said he was yet to receive any complaint from Singh. "In case we get it, we will look into it," Rao said.

Sources in police here expressed surprise that Singh took six days to make the incident public and said he should have lodged a formal complaint with the Delhi Police.

NGO People For Animals (PFA), which is demanding registration of a case against Pataudi in this connection, also said it has lodged a complaint backing Singh in the office of the SP.

Meanwhile, hearing in the poaching case was postponed for August 29 as the chief judicial magistrate was on leave.