Jodhpur Court Rejects Salman’s Plea In Poaching Case

Salman KhanJodhpur: Bollywood star Salman Khan is facing arrest warrant with a court here disapproving a petition against his conviction in a chinkara hunting case and bearing on the five-year jail term granted to him by an inferior court.

When the District and Sessions Judge Kamal Raj Singhvi enounced the decision, Salman was not present in the packed courtroom. However, his sister Alvira Khan appeared on his behalf.

Khan was condemned on April 10, 2006 for hunting of two blackbucks at Ujiyala Bhakhar near Ghoda Farm on September 28, 1998 on the shooting of film "Hum Saath Saath Hain". He was condemned to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment and also fined Rs 25,000.

Dismissing Khan's appeal against the lower court order, Singhvi continued the jail sentence granted to the actor.

The defense lawyers brought up a protest that the court cannot pronounce judgment on the decision, if the accused is not there, but the magistrate adverted provisions of CrPC under which it is permissible.

Khan has also been sentenced to one-year imprisonment in another poaching case of Bhawad and has filed an appeal against it. But the hearing has not started as the record is pending with the Rajasthan High Court where the state government filed a plea for enhancement of the sentence.

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