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Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan, summoned by a special MCOCA court to depose as witness against gangster Chhota Shakeel's henchman Anjum Fazlani, did not turn up today.

"Special MCOCA judge M R Puranik had given three dates to Salman to appear before the court - January 6, 7 and 8. He did not come today as the judge was not there," the actor's lawyer Renuka Laxman said.

Salman may depose either tomorrow or the day after, Laxman said.
Fazlani, deported from Dubai in 2006, was booked under the stringent provisions of MCOCA. According to the prosecution, he had threatened Salman to reduce his fee for the movie "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke" or face dire consequences.

The movie was financed by diamond merchant Bharat Shah who is also facing a separate trial along with producer Nazim Rizvi for their alleged underworld links.
Salman is considered to be the key witness to depose against Fazlani.
In 2003, Rizvi was convicted under MCOCA. Shah was acquitted under MCOCA but was convicted under various sections of IPC. At that time, Fazlani was declared absconding accused.

According to police, the film was financed by Shah at the behest of Chhota Shakeel.
Several Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rakesh Roshan and Mahesh Manjrekar had deposed in the trial against Shah and Rizvi.
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