The actor had pleaded for adjournment on the ground that his presence was required in a Jodhpur court trying him in the endangered black buck killing case. He was responding to a direction given by a Mumbai court to appear on March 27 to record his statement.

Salman's lawyer Shrikant Shivade moved an application on Wednesday seeking adjournment of the proceedings in the Mumbai court for three weeks, which the prosecution strongly opposed.

Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat argued that priority should be given to the hit-and-run trial as its programme was fixed by the sessions court before the Jodhpur court schedule was finalised.

The prosecutor argued that trial in the hit-and-run case was going on a day-to-day basis and hence the proceedings in the Mumbai sessions court should be given priority over the hearing in Jodhpur court.

Judge D W Deshpande, after hearing both the sides, rejected Salman's application, making it compulsory for him to appear before the court on March 27 when his statement will be recorded under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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