Week after acquittal, Jodhpur court exempts Salman Khan from personal appearance

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A court here on Wednesday exempted Salman Khan and other co-accused from personal appearance in the alleged blackbucks poaching case and posted the matter to January 27.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (District) Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit had summoned Salman and four others co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre for Wednesday for recording of their statements in a case filed against them for alleged poaching of two blakcbucks at Kankani village in 1998.

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“We moved a joint application on behalf of all accused seeking exemption from appearance in the court for today and the court allowed it”, said Defence Counsel K K Vyas.

The court has now listed the matter for January 27.

He said police had expressed inability to provide adequate security to the film stars in the court on account of the presence of the chief minister and the governor in the city for the state-level Republic Day celebrations.

Jodhpur court on 18 January had acquitted Salman in Arms Act case.

Besides the cases of poaching of endangered antelopes under Wildlife (Protection) Act, a case under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act was filed against Khan for allegedly keeping and using the fire arms with expired licence in the alleged poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998.

The case under the Arms Act is one of the four cases against the actor. While the Rajasthan High Court has acquitted him in two cases of poaching of chinkara, trial in the third case of alleged poaching of two blackbucks is on.

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