Friday Sep 27, 2019
B-town’s most eligible bachelor Salman Khan, who knows how to stay in the news—either for his blockbuster hit films or for his alleged relationship status—is in the headlines again but for a different reason.
‘Dabangg’ Khan, who was to appear in the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court on Friday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, failed to make an appearance.
Salman’s advocate, Mahesh Bora, appealed to the court explaining his busy schedule besides highlighting the recent threats issued on social media against the Bollywood star by Student Organization of Punjab University (SOPU) group connected with gangster Lawrence Vishnoi as reasons for the failed appearance.
The court accepted 53-year-old Khan’s defense and gave December 19 as the next date for the hearing.
Another advocate for the ‘Bharat’ star, Hastimal Saraswat, also moved an application to allow him a breather from attending regular court hearings.
In the last hearing held on July 4, when Salman Khan did not attend the hearing, the court gave a strong reprieve asking him to remain present during the September 27 hearing else face strict action.
The blackbuck hunting case dates back to 1998. Twenty years ago, Bollywood's megastars Salman Khan, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam were shooting for the movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in Rajasthan, when Salman Khan allegedly shot two blackbucks in Kanakani village in Jodhpur on the night of October 2, 1998.