Arms case: Salmankhan trial to resume on July 20

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JODHPUR: Following a stay by the Rajasthan High Court, Salman Khan’s trial under the Arms Act will now resume on July 20. The high court, in the mean time, would hear Salman’s criminal miscellaneous petition on July 8.

The cinestar was to argue his innocence in the arms case on Monday but because of the stay by the high court until the criminal miscellaneous petition was decided, the trail could not begin.

“We had moved the criminal miscellaneous petition before the high court to seek permission for calling five prosecution witnesses for reexamination. The court allowed it on May 28 and stayed the trial before the lower court until then,” said H M Saraswat, Salman’s lawyer. Hearing in the trial court will now take place on July 20.

Earlier, Salman’s petition for re-examination of the five witnesses was rejected by the trial court and then by the sessions court. The Bollywood star then moved the high court. “Now, until the high court decides the criminal miscellaneous petition, there will be no progress in case before the trial court,” said Saraswat.

Salman appeared before the trial court for recording of his statements on April 29 and pleaded innocence in the Arms Act case. The court then gave him a time to produce evidence of his innocence on May 4. The trial, however, could not start on account of two developments; first because of a revision petition before the Sessions court that was rejected on May 14 and now because of the criminal miscellaneous petition pending before the high court.

“Now we will have to wait until the order is passed by the High Court on the defence’s criminal miscellaneous petition, which would mean a delay of about 3 months,” said government counsel Mahipal Bishnoi.

PTI

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