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Salman Khan’s blackbuck poaching case hearing deferred till 17 July

A court in Jodhpur today adjourned till July 17 the hearing on Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s plea challenging the trial court order sentencin g him to a five-year jail term in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.Fifty-two-year-old Khan appeared before the judge today in compliance with the directions given by the court on April 7 while granting bail. He was granted bail by the Jodhpur sessions court on April 7. After his return to Mumbai on April 7, Salman Khan thanked fans, friends and family for standing by him. “Tears of gratitude. To all my loved ones who are with me and never lost hope. Thank you for being there with all the love and support. God Bless,” he had tweeted.On April 21, a trial court in Mumbai cancelled a bailable arrest warrant against the actor, in the 2002 hit-and-run case, in which the Maharashtra government’s appeal against his acquittal is pending before the Supreme Court.

District and Sessions Judge Chandra Kumar Songara adjourned the hearing after the defence counsel Mahesh Bora sought time to begin arguments.

Khan was released from the Jodhpur jail, where he spent two nights, on April 7 after then District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi here granted him bail in the case.

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