Fresh summons issued to Pataudi, six others

Published: Monday, June 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chandigarh:Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and six others, wanted in connection with the hunting of a black buck, have been given three more days time till June 16 to appear before the Haryana Police even as the former Indian cricket captain and a co-accused in the case today moved the High court here for anticipatory bail.

"Police is giving a chance to Pataudi and others to present themselves before it. A fresh notice under Section 160 of the CrPC had been served to the accused asking them to present themselves before police by June 16," Jhajjar Superintendent of Police (SP) Hanief Qureshi told PTI over phone today.

The notices were issued last night.

Meanwhile, Pataudi and Shashi Singh moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking anticipatory bail. Their bail pleas will come up for hearing tomorrow.

Denying that he had fired at the black buck, Pataudi, in his application, contended that the autopsy report said it had died of a knife cut on its neck.

He further argued that the police cannot investigate the case as he was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Pataudi said he was 65-years-old but was ready to make himself available where ever required for investigations.

Describing the case against him as "false", Singh said he was being dragged into it.

Meanwhile, Haryana's Transport minister Shamsher Singh Surjewala claimed the state government was not making any attempt to 'hush up' the case.

Meanwhile, a court in Jhajjar granted bail to Madan Singh of Aurangpur village who was one of the eight accused apprehended by Haryana Police in this case.

Pataudi and seven others have been booked under various sections of Wildlife Protection Act for allegedly hunting an endangered black buck near a wildlife sanctuary in Jhajjar town earlier this month. If found guilty they face a jail term of seven years and a fine of Rs 25000.

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