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Bollywood star's bail cancelled
By Narayan Bareth
BBC News, Jaipur

Salman Khan
Khan allegedly killed two protected antelopes in 1998
A court in the western Indian state of Rajasthan has cancelled Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bail after he failed to appear in court on poaching charges.

Khan denies killing two blackbucks, a protected species, in the city of Jodhpur while shooting a film in 1998.

The actor had been ordered to appear in Jodhpur magistrate's court for Monday's hearing but did not show up.

He was ordered to appear at the next hearing on 12 January - failing which he could face arrest.

Testimony required

Khan had recently had minor head surgery and so was unable to appear in court, his lawyer said.

Observers say Khan's testimony is now crucial, as the hearing is in its final stages.

Khan is not the only Indian celebrity facing legal proceedings for illegal hunting of blackbuck, a small Indian antelope.

In June, former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was also charged with hunting a blackbuck.

Mr Pataudi, who denies the charge, was later granted bail.

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