Salman gets permission from Jodhpur district and sessions court to travel to Abu Dhabi, Malta

District and sessions judge Chandra Kumar Songara heard Salman’s plea against his conviction by a lower court, which had handed him a five-year jail sentence for killing two blackbucks at Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1-2, 1998.

jaipur Updated: Aug 04, 2018 23:04 IST
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HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The Jodhpur district and sessions court rejected Salman Khan’s petition seeking permanent permission for foreign visits, making it clear that the Bollywood actor will have to continue taking approval every time he travels abroad. (IANS File Photo)

The Jodhpur district and sessions court rejected on Saturday Salman Khan’s petition seeking permanent permission for foreign visits, making it clear that the Bollywood actor will have to continue taking approval every time he travels abroad.

District and sessions judge Chandra Kumar Songara heard Salman’s plea against his conviction by a lower court, which had handed him a five-year jail sentence for killing two blackbucks at Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1-2, 1998.

Public prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi said since the arguments had begun, it would not be appropriate to grant Salman permanent relaxation from permission to travel.

Salman’s lawyer Mahesh Bora cited a similar relaxation allowed to the actor earlier by the high court during the trial of another poaching case against him. Bora argued that the applicant is an actor and his profession demands him to travel abroad frequently.

When the judge asked why there was a problem in seeking the court’s permission each time, Bora withdrew the application.

The lawyer moved a fresh application, seeking permission for Salman to travel to Malta and Abu Dhabi in August and September for shooting assignments. The judge granted the application.

Arguing against the chief judicial magistrate court’s judgment convicting Salman, his lawyer mentioned the delay in filing of an FIR by the forest department, saying that this allowed time to concoct evidence to frame the actor.

Bora told the court that the forest department claimed that two blackbucks were killed at Kankani village, and an FIR was registered on October 2, 1998. The FIR number was not mentioned in the documents prepared by the forest department. The number was later written with another ink, Bora said.

The witnesses have also confirmed this, the lawyer said, adding the forest department had written the date of October 2 in the FIR, but in reality, it was filed a few days later to implicate the actor in the case.

Salman’s counsel will continue to argue his case during the next hearings on September 5 and 6.

The trial court had convicted Salman on April 5 for killing the endangered animals when Bollywood movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ was being shot. The court had acquitted his four co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre.

The district and sessions court began hearing the plea against the conviction a month later.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 23:04 IST