The court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan has summoned the actor Salman Khan to appear before it on September 20th regarding his appeal in conviction of Black Buck poaching case.
Salman Khan and seven other actors from the movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ were accused of poaching and killing a blackbuck and a chinkara in two separate incidents at Bhawad on the outskirts of Jodhpur Sep 26, 1998, and the other at Ghoda Farms Sep 28, 1998.
In February 2006 Salman Khan was found guilty under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. He was sentenced for one year imprisonment. He spent 3 nights in jail before the sessions and district court granted him bail. And Salman Khan appealed against the conviction in March 2006.
The Public Prosecutor Ramsukh Sharma said that Salman had not presented himself before the court even once since the hearing began on the appeal.
"We argued that Salman could not get exemption from his presence always," said Sharma.
The counsel for Salman Khan counter acted saying that Salman Khan was a public figure and it would lead to law and order situation due to the actors huge fan following.
The court has rejected the argument and has asked Salman Khan to present himself in front of court on September 20th.
This news has come as a shock to Salman Khan’s family and his producers as the actor has a minimum of Rs. 150 crores riding on him at the moment.
A source said that Salman Khan’s lawyer will be filing an appeal and might even move to a higher court.