In a major relief for actor Salman Khan, the Rajasthan High Court on Friday allowed him to appear in the blackbuck poaching case through video conferencing. The actor had moved a plea before the high court requesting permission to appear in the sessions court in Jodhpur for the poaching case on Saturday from Mumbai.
Prior to Friday’s relaxation, the actor has been granted exemption from personally appearing in the case 17 times.
Salman Khan was sentenced in the year 2018 by a trial in the blackbuck case. Salman got the trial court’s decision stayed in the session court. But he could appear only once in the session court and was granted exemption from a personal presence on 17 occasions.
Case lodged against Salman Khan in 1998
In the year 1998, a case was lodged against Salman Khan and two others by the Bishnoi community for killing blackbuck at three different locations near Jodhpur. He was arrested on October 12, 1998, but was granted bail after five days.
The actor has challenged the five-year sentence given to him by the trial court. On April 5, 2018, the chief judicial magistrate had sentenced Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks, an endangered antelope, in 1998.
The court had also fined him Rs 10,000 while convicting him under the Wildlife Protection Act. The district and sessions court in Jodhpur suspended the sentence on April 7, 2018, and granted Salman conditional bail.
The state government has filed an appeal against Salman Khan’s acquittal in the case.
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