On Friday, the Rajasthan High Court granted approval for Bollywood star Salman Khan to appear via video conference in the blackbuck poaching case. On Thursday, the actor had requested authorization for the same. On February 6th, the District and Sessions Court is expected to hear the lawsuit.
The district judge’s hearing in the case is for two appeals, one is by Salman Khan challenging five-year sentence in poaching two blackbucks case and another by the government of Rajasthan challenging the acquittal of co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam Kothari, Sonali Bendre and Dushyant Singh.
The actor’s lawyer, HM Saraswat, apparently said that after 17 exemptions during the hearing, the session judge had ordered Khan to appear in person in the case. The lawyer pushed the HC motion to virtually encourage the actor to attend the trial.
The counsel mentioned the pandemic situation in their plea to the Court and said that Salman Khan had encountered massive crowds whenever he appeared in court and that such meetings at these times were not required. The plea further claimed that it had not been a question of personal protection, but also a matter of law and order.