Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi surrenders at last

Published: Saturday, June 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jhajjar:After evading arrest for a fortnight in connection with a black buck hunting case, former Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi surrendered before a court here today.

Left with few legal options after the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea yesterday, 65-year-old Pataudi came to the court of chief judicial magistrate Sudhir Jiwan at around noon and surrendered.

Senior superintendent of police Hanief Qureshi said Pataudi was the only one of seven accused in the case still at large to give himself up. One person Madan Singh, who was arrested earlier, is on bail.

After his surrender, Pataudi, nicknamed 'Tiger', was taken to the office of the deputy superintendent of police for questioning. His bail plea is likely to come up for hearing this afternoon.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had yesterday rejected Pataudi's anticipatory bail plea after hearing the arguments from a battery of lawyers representing the accused, the state of Haryana, Wildlife Trust of India, All India Bishnoi Mahasabha and Peoples for Animals for over two hours.

The state counsel had presented the entire record, including the post-mortem report of the black buck, pertaining to the case in the court.

Pataudi and seven others have been booked under various sections of the Wildlife Act following the recovery of the carcasses of a black buck and two rabbits from their vehicle near a wildlife sanctuary in Jhajjar in Haryanaearlier this month.

While one accused Madan Singh was arrested and subsequently granted bail, the other seven, including Pataudi, named in the FIR evaded arrest despite three summons issued by the Jhajjhar police asking them to join the probe.

Police had unsuccesfully conducted raids at several places in Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to nab Pataudi and the other accused. They had recovered a Maruti Gypsy that they claim was used during the hunt.

If found guilty they face a jail term of up to seven years and a fine of Rs 25,000.

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