Pataudi fails to turn up before police

Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jhajjar:Former Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and his six accomplices todayfailed to appear before the Police here in connection with alleged poaching of an endangered black buck and were given another 24 hours to do so.

In another development, one of the eight accused Madan Singh, who is under arrest, has claimed before the Police that Pataudi had fired at the black buck.

A Haryana Police team recovered from the South-Delhi residence of Pataudi the jeep from which the carcasses of the hunted black buck and two rabbits were seized on Friday nightnear Jhajjar.

"We are serving upon them another notice to give them an opportunity to join the investigations," Suprintendent of Police, Hanief Qureshi said after the expiry of the 5 pmdeadline given to the accused to present themselves.

Pataudi and seven of his accomplices have been charged under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and if found guilty could face a jail term of seven years and a fineof Rs 25,000.

Qureshi hoped that they will join the investigations and not give chance to police to raid their possible hideouts.

He said that a police team had impounded a gypsy from Pataudi's bunglow in Delhi and another team of police had been sent to Gurgaon to seize a car used by the accused.

Madan Singh, who was sent to judicial custody till June 13 by a court here at the end of his one day police remand, in his disclosure statement before police said that Pataudi had fired on the Black buck.

Meawhile Shashi Singh a resident of Delhi who is also named in the FIR sought anticipatory bail in a local court.

In his plea filed through his counsel in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Dharam Pal, Singh contended that no role was attributed to him in this case and he may be grantedanticipatory bail on the ground that no purpose could be served by keeping him in jail.

He also argued that he had no intention to escape from trial and since all witnesses in this case were officials he could not tamper with the evidence.

The judge fixed June nine as the next date of hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of Shashi Singh.

"After June nine we will move another application seeking anticipatory bail for Pataudi," said the counsel indicating that the action would be taken depending on the Judge's verdict in Shashi Singh's application.

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