Salman Khan again gets relief from Court appearance due to COVID-19 in Blackbuck Poaching Case

Background

The chief judicial magistrate had sentenced Mr. Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks, an endangered antelope, in 1998.The CJM court had also fined him ₹10,000, while convicting him under the Wildlife Protection Act. The District and Sessions Court in Jodhpur district suspended the sentence on April 7, 2018, and granted him conditional bail.Mr. Khan has challenged the five-year sentence given to him by the trial court.

Present Issue

In furtherance to this appeal, Mr. Khan had to appear before District and Session Court at Jodhpur on Saturday, which he failed to do.

Present Application

Mr. Khan, through his counsel Hastimal Saraswat, filed an application before the court seeking exemption from personal appearance. The application stated that due to Covid-19 pandemic, it was risky for Mr. Khan to appear in the court. However, if the court orders, the appellant will be present in person.

Although, the Court had asked Mr. Khan to appear on Saturday, in furtherance to this application, te next date of hearing has been scheduled on February 6, 2021.

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