In the Blackbuck Poaching case, Salman Khan has been exempted from a court appearance. Salman’s lawyer submitted an application requesting the court to grant some relief and allow him to not appear until there’s a visible decline in the COVID cases. Reacting on the same the court allowed exemption and scheduled the next hearing for January 16.
In March before the nationwide lockdown imposed the court asked the actor to appear for the hearing. After Salman’s lawyer HS Saraswat cited ‘rise’ in the coronavirus cases in Mumbai and Jodhpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Brajesh Panwar granted relief to the actor on Tuesday. The lawyer also mentioned that it isn’t safe for the actor to travel at such times.
A daily quoted Saraswat as saying, “Accepting our ground, the court allowed our application for exemption from appearance and listed the matter for hearing on January 16.”
Salman, along with Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam were accused in the Blackbuck Poaching case.
Except for Salman, all the actors were acquitted by the trial court on the grounds of the benefit of the doubt. Then Salman was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by the court on April 5, 2018. After challenging the judgement on in the Jodhpur district and sessions court Salman granted bail by the court.
The incident happened during the shooting of Rajshri Films’ Hum Saath-Saath Hain in 1999.