Salman to appear in Jodhpur Court on May 19
A court here today ordered the personal appearance on May 19 of film stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre in the black buck poaching case.india Updated: May 08, 2006 17:03 IST
A court in Jodhpur on Monday ordered the personal appearance on May 19 of film stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre in the black buck poaching case.
While ordering the personal appearance of the film stars, the District Judicial Magistrate, Jodhpur, has directed to reframe the charges against them in connection with the poaching of two endangered black bucks in Kanakani village in 1998.
Recently, the Additional District and Session Judge number 3 has ordered the dropping of some charges framed by the lower court against these film stars while partially allowing the revision petitions filed on behalf of Salman and others.
Counsels for Salman and other celebrities urged the court to fix the date of reframing the charges after May 14, since Salman is touring abroad these days.
They told the court that appeal filed by Salman against his conviction in two different poaching cases is pending in the court and on May 19 he will be present in the court of District and Sessions Judge for the hearing and this date will be convenient for him and others.
After hearing the arguments, District Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit fixed May 19 as the date for reframing the charges and ordered the personal appearance of Salman, Saif, Tabbu, Neelam and Sonali on that day.
The Magistrate has framed the charges against Salman and others on February 27 for the poaching of the black bucks on the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998 at Kankani village in Jodhpur.
The film stars challenged the order in the Sessions Court and it has transferred the case to Additional District Judge 3. On May 4 Additional District Judge 3 allowed the appeals filed by the film stars, while ordering dropping of some sections against them. Now, the lower court will reframe the charges under section 51 and 52 of Wild Life Protection Act before starting the trial.