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Jodhpur (Rajasthan): The District and Sessions Court of Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Saturday postponed hearing Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s appeal against the trial court judgment convicting him in the blackbuck hunting case, to February 24.
Following the High Court’s decision which allowed the Bollywood actor to appear before the sessions court through video conferencing, the Jodhpur court today accepted Khan’s application for the attendance apology.
Meanwhile, the government advocate presented arguments on the two appeals filed by the government. However, Khan’s lawyers asked for more time to present their arguments on the matter. The next hearing on the matter will be on February 9.
Meanwhile, hearing on the actor’s appeal against the trial court’s ruling was not held today. The next hearing in the matter will be on February 24.
Khan had earlier been directed by the session court to appear in person before it during the hearing on his appeal against the trial court’s April 5, 2018 ruling, convicting and sentencing him to five years in jail in the Black Buck poaching case.
Earlier yesterday, Khan was allowed by the Rajasthan High Court to appear before the sessions court hearing his appeal against conviction through video conferencing.
A Jodhpur bench of the high court gave the relief of the actor, accepting his counsel’s argument that travelling from Mumbai to Jodhpur amid the COVID-19 pandemic may pose threat to Khan’s health.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday skipped his appearance before a sessions court in Jodhpur, hearing his appeal against his conviction in a blackbuck poaching case of 1998.
The actor skipped his attendance after he was exempted by the court from the personal appearance before it for the day. The court also deferred the next hearing of his appeal to February 24.
“As there was no need of Khan’s appearance today before the court, he did not appear through video conferencing either,” the actor’s counsel Nishant Bora said.
The actor was on Friday allowed by the Rajasthan High Court to appear before the sessions court through video conferencing.
“The high court had granted him permission to appear through video conferencing instead of the personal appearance. So in pursuance of this direction, we moved an application in the court today for exemption from appearance and Session Judge Devendra Kachhawaha permitted us,” said Mr Bora.
A high court bench of justices Indrajit Mahanty and Dinesh Mehta had on Friday allowed Khan to appear before the sessions court conceding his counsel HM Saraswat’s plea that his client’s personal appearance attracting huge gathering in court premises may cause a law and order issue.
Comments Khan had been sentenced to five years’ jail term by the trial court in April 2018 convicting him of poaching two blackbucks on October 1 and 2, 1998 and Khan has challenged this sentence in the district and Session court.