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Pataudi gets bail

June 20, 2005 12:43 IST
Last Updated: June 20, 2005 14:29 IST

After spending two nights in police custody in connection with an alleged poaching case, former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was on Monday 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 of furnishing 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 Jhajhar, 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 on Sunday been taken to Kildodh village, around 12 km from Jhajhar, where he and seven of his associates had allegedly killed an endangered black buck and two hare.

He had surrendered before the court on Saturday after the Punjab and Haryana high court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea. The court sent him to police custody for one day, which was then extended by another day.

A first information report 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.

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