Blackbuck Poaching Case: Notice issued against Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam by Jodhpur High Court
Superstar Salman Khan was found guilty of killing two blackbucks during the shoot of 1999 blockbuster ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ whereas Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu were acquitted of all charges. The 1996 case is from a time when Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Tabu had allegedly gone on a hunting expedition in Kankani and killed two blackbucks. Now, the Jodhpur High Court has issued a notice against the acquittal of the four others who were with Salman.
Salman Khan was charged in the blackbuck poaching case and sentenced under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. He had faced a five-year prison sentence along with a fine of Rs 10,000. The ‘Dabangg’ Khan after spending two days inside the Jodhpur Central Jail was granted bail by a session court. The court had acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre on lack of evidence against them.
Jodhpur High Court has issued a notice against the actors on an appeal by the Rajasthan Government challenging the acquittal of the four actors and a local resident Dushyant Singh. The Rajasthan Government had filed an appeal against the acquittal of Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Tabu in the 1998 blackbuck case. The notice has come 5 months after the four actors were acquitted in the case while Salman Khan was sentenced to a 5-year jail term.
Salman Khan was granted bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the same amount. His appeal against the sentence will be heard on April 3.