Appeal against Salman’s acquittal in Arms Act case to be heard on July 6

Appeal against Salman's acquittal in Arms Act case to be heard on July 6
Appeal against Salman’s acquittal in Arms Act case to be heard on July 6

Arguments on an appeal filed by the Rajasthan government in a sessions court here challenging the acquittal of actor Salman Khan by a trial court in a case against him under the Arms Act will begin on July 6.

In response to a notice issued by sessions judge Bhagwan Das Agarwal on March 7, counsels of Khan appeared in the court today and submitted ‘vakalatnama’ (authorisation letter).

After accepting the documents, Agarwal listed the matter for arguments on July 6.

Khan had been acquitted by the trial court in a case against him for alleged possession and use of arms after expiry of its licence.

The state government had filed the appeal in the sessions court challenging the acquittal on March 7, following which the sessions court had issued notice to Khan.

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Rajasthan govt challenges Salman in Arms Act case

Rajasthan govt challenges Salman in Arms Act case
Rajasthan govt challenges Salman in Arms Act case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been issued notice by a sessions court on a state government plea against his acquittal in an Arms Act case linked to alleged hunting of chinkaras by him in 1998 here.

District and Sessions Judge Bhagwan Das Agarwal issued notice to the actor, seeking his reply to the government’s plea against him by April 21.

Public Prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi, who challenged Khan’s acquittal, said the plea has been admitted and the notice issued to Khan.

The government has challenged Khan’s acquittal in the Arms Act case involving alleged possession of unlicensed weapon by him for hunting deers in 1998 in Jodhpur.

Jodhpur Chief Judicial Magistrate had acquitted Salman in the Arms Act case on January 18 citing technical grounds, saying he had been prosecuted under wrong sections.

Bishnoi argued before the sessions judge that the case had been proved against Khan, which was also admitted by the court and that on the basis of the examination of the evidence and witnesses, the prosecution had proved the case.

The state government has moved the sessions court against Salman’s acquittal in the Arms Act case barely over a month after the apex court on January 29 issued notice to him on another petition challenging his acquittal by the Rajasthan High Court in the deer hunting case.

While the high court had acquitted the actor in July, the state government had moved the apex court against him in October last year. Salman was accused of hunting two chinkaras at Bhawad in Mathania near Jodhpur on September 26, 1998 and another chinkara at Ghoda farms two days later on September 28, when he was in city for shooting of a film.

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Court to pronounce verdict in Salman Khan case on January 18

Court to pronounce verdict in Salman Khan case on January 18
Court to pronounce verdict in Salman Khan case on January 18

A court here today fixed January 18 for pronouncing the verdict in the Arms Act case against Salman Khan and asked the actor to be present on that date.

The court of chief judicial magistrate fixed the date after the final arguments from both the sides completed today.

Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit directed Khan to be present in the court during pronouncement of the order.

Final arguments of the case had started on December 9 last year.

A case against Khan had been registered under the Arms Act by police in October 1998 for alleged use and possession of arms with expired license during alleged poaching of two black bucks in Kankani village.

The case was filed by the forest department. If convicted, Khan could face imprisonment for seven years.

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Arms Act case: Salman Khan claims forest officials framed him

Arms Act case: Salman Khan claims forest officials framed him
Arms Act case: Salman Khan claims forest officials framed him

Pleading his innocence, actor Salman Khan today alleged that he has been framed by forest officials as he recorded his statement in a court here in an Arms Act case against him in connection with poaching of protected black bucks at Kankani village in October, 1998.

“I am innocent and have been framed by the forest officials,” Khan said before the chief judicial magistrate.

Referring to a statement signed by him in which a witness Uday Raghvan had stated that he had brought the arms from Mumbai following directions from Khan, the actor claimed that he had signed the statement under pressure from forest officials.

At the start, Khan told the court “I am Indian and that is my caste”.

The court has now fixed April 4 as the next date of hearing.

Additional Public Prosecutor Dinesh Tiwari said that the court has given Khan a chance to produce witnesses or evidence in support of his defence.

“If he does so, they will be examined in the court otherwise, the case will be listed for final arguments,” said Tiwari.

In his statement, the 50-year-old actor refuted the allegations of two other witnesses, Shiv Charan Bohra, a forest official, and Pandat Vijay Narayan, Mumbai police Inspector).

Before this, Khan had appeared for recording of his statement on January 29, 2014 and April 29, 2015.

But as an undecided prosecution application surfaced and five prosecution witnesses were re-examied, Khan had to appear for the third time to give his statement.

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Arms Act case against Salman: HC rejects Salman’s plea

salmankhanThe Rajasthan High Court today rejected actor Salman Khan’s plea against a trial court order allowing four more witnesses in the Arms Act case in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching incident.

The examination of these four new witnesses will now begin in the trial court on Monday.

“Khan had moved an application in the High Court with a plea to quash the order of the lower court, in which the court had partially granted the applications of the prosecution and had allowed to summon four witnesses pertaining to the case,” government counsel Vikram Singh Rajpurohit said.

Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur had completed the hearing in the case last week and had reserved the order for today.

“Today, Justice Kaur pronounced the order and rejected the plea of Khan thereby upholding the order of the lower court,” he said.

The judgement in the case under Arms Act (possession and use of arms allegedly with expired licence) against Khan was to be delivered by the district and session judge on February 25.

But just days before the judgement, four applications with a plea to call 24 witnesses and some other facts and documents related to the case– moved by the then prosecution witness way back in 2006– had been found to be undecided by the court.

Prosecution counsel (Public Prosecutor) N K Sankhla had termed these nine-year-old applications “important” for the case and had argued in the court on February 25 that these applications needed to be decided first, which was protested by the defence arguing that if permitted it would mean further delay in judgement, which has already taken 16 long years.

But rejecting the arguments of defence, the trial court had allowed these applications partially, and giving the prosecution a last chance had ordered to call four witnesses and three FSL reports along with the relevant material, if required.