Jodhpur, Sept 25: Bollywood star Salman Khan, facing
trial in a black buck poaching case, has been exempted from
personal appearance in a local court hearing today.
Khan, who is in Bangkok now for the shoot of David
Dhawan`s film "Partner", said in his plea that if he appeared
for the trial, he would be unable to return for shooting
because of the sensitive law and order situation in Thailand
after last week`s military coup.
His counsel H M Saraswat told the district court
yesterday that if the actor fails to go back to Bangkok, he
and his producer would incur huge financial losses.
The court, where Khan has challenged his conviction in
two cases of black buck poaching, had earlier asked him to
appear on Monday.
He had been granted permission for the foreign trip till
September 24, asked to appear the next day, and remain abroad
till September 30.
A similar application was also moved before the Jodhpur
judicial magistrate who is trying the case against him and
fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu
for killing two endangered black bucks in Kankani village.
Both courts have accepted his plea and he need not appear
for hearing today.
Khan had earlier been sentenced to prison for a year and
fined Rs 5,000 for a poaching case at Bhawad; and given a
five-year term and fined Rs 25,000 for another such case at
Ghora farm by the Jodhpur court.