Judge recuses himself from Salman Khan’s Arms Act case
Superstar Salman Khan‘s Arm’s Act Case is once again in news. As hearing of Salman Khan’s 1998 Arms Act case has been further postponed. It seems that the presiding judge Justice Vijay Vishnoi of the Rajasthan High Court has recused himself from the actor’s 1998 Arms Act case. A judge recuses himself/herself from a case it means that they have excused themselves from presiding over the case due to potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality.
The Chinkaras Salman hunted during the blackbuck poaching case have been categorized as “near threatened” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list. The Vishnoi community to which Justice Vijay Vishnoi belongs holds the blackbuck as sacred. Salman Khan‘s Arms Act case is for using illegal weapons (expired licence) while hunting the chinkaras in Rajasthan during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
Justice Vishnoi has requested the Chief Justice Sunil Ambwani to present the case before another bench. The news was confirmed by Salman Khan’s counsel. he said, “Now the Chief Justice will decide which court would hear this petition. Till then we would have to wait.”
Recently the Jodhpur court had rejected the Salman’s revision petition seeking permission to call for five prosecution witnesses in the case. Salman’s lawyers have made a fresh plea to call for four witnesses again.