By Ajay Parmar
The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday rejected a revision petition filed against actor Salman Khan by the state government for revision of charges under Arms Act in the blackbucks poaching case of 1998.
Now the trial court is free to begin the trial, which has been pending for years.
Hastimal Saraswat, counsel for Khan, said that a separate case was registered against Salman Khan by the forest department on October 15, 1998 under the Arms Act claiming that the arms used by Khan during poaching of the black bucks at Kankani area on the night of October 1, 1998, had their licences expired and hence he had been using those arms illegally.
Upon this complaint, the Luni police registered a case against Khan under sections 3/25 and 27 of Arms Act", said Saraswat. The trial in this matter continued for five-and-a-half years and out of 16 witnesses, 15 were examined.
But in July 2006, a petition was filed by the prosecution seeking amendment in the charges under Arms Act against Khan with a plea to extend the period of use of the arms by Khan. The court rejected the petition in the same month on the argument that the petitioner bear no valid ground for the amendment as in the mentioned period Khan had the valid license of his arms and that if the charges were amended, entire trial process will have to be initiated afresh, thereby taking more time in the case. More....