Rajasthan HC issues fresh notices to acquitted actors in Black buck case

Jodhpur : The Jodhpur bench of the Rajasthan High Court today issued fresh notices to actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Tabu in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case following an appeal by the state government against their acquittal.

The notices were issued by a single judge bench of Justice Manoj Garg to the actors following an appeal by the Rajasthan government against their acquittal by a Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court on April 5 last year.

Dushyant Singh who had allegedly accompanied the actors hen the poaching took place was also issued notice.

The high court had on March 11 issued notices to the five respondents on the state government’s appeal challenging their acquittal in the case.

Justice Garg has directed that the case be listed for hearing after eight weeks.

The trial court had acquitted Saif, Sonali, Neelam and Tabu, besides Dushyant Singh in the absence of evidence.

However Salman Khan was convicted under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act by the CJM’s court and was awarded a five-year prison term along with a fine of Rs. 10,000 after being found guilty of killing two blackbucks in Jodhpur during the shooting of his 1998 blockbuster “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

The appeal of Salman Khan, who is on bail, is pending before the high court.

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