In black buck case, High Court allows Salman Khan’s plea to summon witnesses for re-examination


In connection with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s black buck poaching case, the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday allowed the actor to summon 5 prosecution witnesses for re-examination.

Khan had moved a criminal miscellaneous petition in the high court seeking permission for recalling of the 5 witnesses, including the then District Magistrate Rajat Kumar Mishra and the Investigation Officer (ASP) Ashok Patni. The plea had earlier been rejected twice by the trial and the ACJM (Rural) courts.

“The petition was heard by the court earlier on July 20 but remained incomplete. Today, justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur allowed the petition and ordered the lower (trial) court to summon 5 witnesses for re-examination by us,” said defence counsel HM Saraswat.

The matter has now been listed in the trial court hearing on August 19, said government counsel Mahipal Bishnoi.

In the case registered under the Arms Act, Khan is accused of poaching three chinkaras and a black buck near Jodhpur in September-October 1998 while shooting for ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.