The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Chandra Kala Jain, after hearing and examining prosecution witnesses on Wednesday, asked the actor to appear before the court and record his statement. JPN/Agencies
"Salman has been asked to appear personally before the court on January 29," Salman's counsel Hastimal Saraswat told a news agency.
"There are many loose ends in the case. During examination, the officer could not give satisfactory and conclusive replies to some very important questions raised by me," Saraswat added.
Meanwhile, public prosecutor Upendra Sharma said the actor, who was exempted from appearance in the court till now, will now be examined before the court.
It may be mentioned that on the midnight of October 1-2, 1998 during the shooting of Hindi movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur.
The actor is accused of carrying weapons with expired license during the hunting of black bucks at Kankani village near Jodhpur in the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998.
The trial in the case resumed on May 25 last year after seven years of suspension following Rajasthan High Court's rejection of the revision petition, which was filed by the state government in 2006.
The court had rejected the petition on May 15, 2013.
Saraswat said there were no evidences of Khan carrying arms with expired license during the alleged poaching of antelopes.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Chandra Kala Jain, after hearing and examining prosecution witnesses on Wednesday, asked the actor to appear before the court and record his statement.