Monday, February 11, 2008
A city court in Faridabad on Monday framed additional charges against former Indian cricket team captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and his accomplice Shashi Singh in a Black Buck hunting case.

Pataudi was arrested with seven others in June 2005 for hunting endangered Black Buck deer and was released on bail after three days in prison.

Pataudi was booked under sections 9, 39 and 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Carcasses of a Black Buck and two hares were seized from his Gypsy vehicle at the time of his arrest.

At the last hearing, public prosecutor BL Soni moved an application to add two more charges against Pataudi and Shashi Singh under the Arms Act, 1959.

Judge Rajendra Singh Dhanda, after hearing both sides, decided the prosecutors' arguments were valid and charged both the accused under sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act, 1959.

"If pronounced guilty of these charges (under Arms Act), the accused can face a punishment of three to seven years along with fine," said Saurabh Sharma, counsel for the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).

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