Fresh charges were framed against the Jai Ho actor last year
Salman Khan is in Jodhpur to record his statement in court in the Arms Act case against him connected to the poaching of two chinkara deers and a blackbuck. The actor was summoned by the Chief Judicial Magistrate after being exempted from appearing in court till now.
As per Hastimal Saraswat, “Salman has been asked to appear personally before the court on January 29.” The Jai Ho actor is accused of hunting and killing the endangered deer while shooting Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan in 1998. He has already been in the Jodhpur jail twice in connection with the same case in 1998 as well as 2007.
Fresh charges in the case were filed against Salman in March last year after first the Rajasthan High Court and then the Supreme Court ruled that Section 148 of the Arms Act, or rioting with deadly weapons, could not be applied to him.
Apart from Sallu, his Hum Saath Saath Hain co-stars – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam are also charged for provoking the actor to hunt.
In November last year, the Rajasthan High Court ordered that Salman Khan’s poaching conviction be suspended for visa purposes to make it easier for the actor, who had been denied an UK visa to shoot his film Kick, to travel abroad.