Superstar Salman Khan, who already spent time in the Jodhpur jail twice, arrived in Jodhpur to record his statement in court in the Arms Act case against him connected to the poaching of two chinkara deer and a blackbuck.
Salman was summoned by the Chief Judicial Magistrate after being exempted from appearing in court till now.
Salman’s counsel Hastimal Saraswat told reporters; “Salman has been asked to appear personally before the court on January 29.”
The Dabbangg star is accused of hunting and killing the endangered deer while shooting his 1998 film Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan. He has already twice spent time in the Jodhpur jail in connection to the case, in 1998 and again in 2007.
Fresh charges in the poaching case were charged against Salman Khan in March 2013 after first the Rajasthan High Court and then the Supreme Court ruled that Section 148 of the Arms Act, or rioting with deadly weapons, could not be applied to him and sent the case back to the lower court.
The actor’s revolver and rifle were seized by the court when he was first accused of poaching and their licenses were found to have expired.
His co-stars from Hum Saath Saath Hain – Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu – are charged with inciting Salman to hunt.
In November 2013, the Rajasthan High Court ordered that Salman poaching conviction be suspended for visa purposes to make it easier for him, who had been denied a UK visa to shoot his film Kick, to travel abroad.