A local court, on Thursday, rejected the bail plea of golfer Jyoti Randhawa and another person, who were arrested last month on poaching charges in Motipur range of Katarniyaghat. District judge Upendra Kumar had fixed the hearing on the golfer’s bail application, but the inquiry officer wanted to include additional sections of the Wildlife Protection Act in the case. Therefore, the matter was posted in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Navneet Kumar Bharti who rejected Randhawa’s bail application, counsel for the Forest Department, Suresh Yadav said.

The next date of hearing has been fixed on January 14. The sessions court had also on Monday rejected the interim bail application of the golfer and his friend, and had fixed January 10 for hearing their regular bail application.

Earlier, Randhawa and his friend Mahesh Virajdar were arrested on December 26 on poaching charges. A vehicle bearing a Haryana registration number along with a firearm and other equipment were found in their possession. The duo was produced before magistrate Shikha Yadav who had remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days.

Randhawa turned professional in 1994. He participates on the Asian Tour and the European Tour. In 2002, he finished top on the Asian Tour money list. His best finish on the European Tour is tied second in the 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic. Jyoti Singh Randhawa is an Indian professional golfer who was ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking several times between 2004 and 2009.