Pataudi granted bail on a surety of Rs 50,000

Published: Monday, June 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jhajjar:After spending two nights in police custody in connection with a black buckhunting case, former Indian captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was today granted bail by a local court.

Pataudi, who had surrendered before the court on Saturday after evading arrest for a fortnight, was given bail by chief judicial magistrate Sudhir Jiwan on the condition offurnishing a bond for Rs 50,000 and a surety in the like amount.

The former cricketer, who had spent the last two nights at the police station in Jhajjar, was earlier taken to the civil hospital after he complained of uneasiness and chest pain.

After getting permission from doctors, police took him to the court at around noon where he obtained bail.

Pataudi had yesterday been taken to Kildodh village, around 12 km from Jhajjar, where he and his seven associates had allegedly killed the endangered black buck and two hares.

He had surrendered before the court in Jhajjar on Saturday after the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea. The court sent him to police custodyfor one day which was then extended by another day.

An FIR was registered against Pataudi and seven others on June 5 after police recovered carcasses of black buck and two rabbits from the vehicle in which they were travelling near Jhajjar.

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