Pataudi~~s bail plea dismissed by HC

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The anticipatory bail petitions of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and a co-accused in the black buck hunting case was dismissed by the Punjab and Harayana High court today.

"Sorry gentlemen. Petitions dismissed. All the best," Vacation Judge Rajive Bhalla said while pronouncing the verdict.

Pataudi and Shashi Singh had moved the court on Tuesday, after Haryana Police booked them unnder the Wild Life Act following recovery of carcassed of a black buck and two rabbits from their vehicle on June 3 near a wild sanctuary in Jhajjar.

Justice Bhalla said "minor corrections were required" and details of the order would be made available shortly.

The court order came after a marathon hearing that lasted over four hours.

Shashi Singh's bail application was earlier rejected by a lower court in Jhajjar, which had asked him to approach the Special Environment court in Faridabad for relief.

Pataudi and six other accused in the case have not presented themselves to the Jhajjar police, which issued three notices to them to join the invesitigations. The last deadline lapsed yesterday.

The eighth accused in the case, Madan Singh was arrested and is now on bail.

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