In the latest development of the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, hearing on the appeals pertaining to the two blackbuck poaching cases against Bollywood actor Salman Khan have been deferred to December 18 by the sessions court due to lack of time.
"There are two appeals pending in the sessions court -- one each by the government against the acquittal of Salman Khan in the Arms Act case and one by Khan himself challenging the conviction in a poaching case," said Salman Khan's counsel Mahesh Bora.
Both the hearings were deferred due to "unavailability of enough time with the court". Before this, hearing on the two applications moved by the prosecution against Salman Khan was also deferred till November 29.
One of these applications was moved by the prosecution alleging that Khan had misled the court to obtain an exemption from appearance in the court on the ground of a physical problem, while the other application had alleged that Khan had given false information about his arms through an affidavit. Salman Khan was sentenced to 5 years by the trial court, convicting him in a case under Wildlife Protection Act for killing two blackbucks in Kankani of Jodhpur in 1998.
Earlier Salman Khan's ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ co-stars inclusive of Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Tabu, and Saif Ali Khan were also accused of the crime but were later acquitted.
Salman Khan was released on bail after being locked in prison for two days. He was granted bail on the condition that he will not leave the country without the court's permission and will have to be present whenever summoned by the court.
The 'Dabangg' actor was sentenced to five years prison after he was found guilty by the court for killing two blackbucks in 1998 in Kankani village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. At the time the actor was filming for Sooraj Barjatya's 'Hum Saath Saath Hai'. Blackbuck is an endangered animal and included in the schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act-1972. His co-stars were also with him in the SUV that Salman Khan was driving during their alleged late-night hunting outing. Initially, all of them were accused. However, the court let everyone except Salman Khan go, on the basis of benefit of the doubt.
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