Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan exempted from appearing in court
Bollywood actor Salman Khan was exempted from appearing before the court in the blackbuck poaching case. The district and session court in Jodhpur asked the actor to appear on February 6.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan filed a petition challenging a trial court order sentencing him to five years of imprisonment. On Saturday, he was unable to appear in the district and session court at Jodhpur for the hearing of his appeal.
The actor’s counsel Nishant Bora said, “We submitted an application seeking exemption from appearance considering the pandemic situation and the possible risk to his safety during travel.”
The application stated that it was risky for Salman to appear in the court, due to Covid-19 pandemic.
His counsel told the court that the appellant will be present in person, whenever it orders.
Sessions Judge Devendra Kachhawaha granted permission to Salman and directed him to appear for the next scheduled date of hearing.
This was not the first time that Salman missed the court hearing. He was also absent at the last hearing on December 1, 2020, seeking exemption on the grounds of the Covid pandemic.
The Bollywood actor has challenged the sentence passed on April 5, 2018 in the case of killing two blackbucks in October, 1998. Salman was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment by the trial court in the matter. While convicting him under the Wildlife Protection Act, the CJM also fined him with ₹10,000. The sentence passed in April, 2018 was suspended and the court granted conditional bail for Salman.
The co-accused in the matter included Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu and a local, Dushyant Singh. All of them were acquitted in the case.
Salman has challenged the sentence and on the other hand, the state government of Rajasthan has filed an appeal against Salman’s acquittal in the case.