RBN Web Desk: The Jodhpur bench of Rajasthan High Court has served fresh notices to actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam Kothari in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, after the state government appealed against their acquittal. Justice Manoj Garg issued the notices to the actors today after the Rajasthan government moved the higher court challenging the order passed by the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) on 5 April last year.
A similar notice has also been issued to Dushyant Singh who was reportedly accompanying the actors when the poaching incident happened. The case has been listed for hearing after eight weeks.
The high court, on 11 March, had issued notices to the respondents on the state government’s appeal.
Popular actor Salman Khan, the key accused in the poaching case, was earlier convicted by the CJM’s court and was sentenced to a five-year jail term along with a fine of ₹10,000. The court found him guilty of hunting two blackbucks during an outdoor shoot of the 1998 film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ at Jodhpur. His co-actors—Saif, Tabu, Sonali, and Neelam—were acquitted due to lack of evidence.
Salman is currently out on bail and his case is pending at the high court.
Pic: DNA India