In a setback for actor Salman Khan, the Jodhpur court has rejected his plea for re-examination of witnesses in the Arms Act case against him in connection with the blackbucks poaching case.
Salman's counsel H.M Saraswat said they were awaiting the detailed order to find out the grounds on basis of which the court turned down the petition.
He, however, said the option of moving the high court is open. Saraswat further added, "But we will reach a final decision only after perusal of the order."
A case had been registered against Salman Khan by the forest department under the Arms Act mentioning that licence of the arms used by Khan during alleged poaching of black bucks at village Kankani near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998, had expired and hence the actor had been using the arms illegally.
Blackbuck is considered to be a protected animal in India. Hence, its hunting is illegal.
Earlier, on April 23, the chief judicial magistrate had accepted an application moved by Salman's counsel seeking exemption from his appearance in the court on the ground of ill health, and asked him to appear today to record his statement.
Besides Salman, actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also accused of poaching near Jodhpur during the shooting of 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.