Jodhpur Court defers Salman hearing


Jodhpur A court in Jodhpur has put off till March 3 its verdict on whether Bollywood star Salman Khan is guilty of possession and use of illegal arms to poach chinkaras and blackbucks, endangered species of deer, 16 years ago

“The case relates to both possession and use of illegal arms and the chief judicial magistrate’s court has kept February 25 for judgment,” public prosecutor NK Sankhla of the court in Jodhpur, 330 km from Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur said to a news agency.

According to sources, Salman Khan is likely to be present in court during pronouncement of the judgment, according to reports.

Salman, along with some other Bollywood actors were accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of October 1-2, 1998 during the shooting of Hindi movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

Two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur.

The actor was also accused of carrying and using illegal arms. He is also alleged to have been carrying arms with expired licenses.

A police complaint was then filed against Salman Khan on charges of being involved in hunting of the protected blackbucks.