Black buck poaching case: Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu summoned to appear before court on January 25

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Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu are to record their statements before the court

Jodhpur court today asked actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu to appear before it on January 25 for recording of statements in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh gave these directions after completion of examination of all the witnesses in the court.

Salman Khan is facing trial in a case of poaching of an endangered blackbucks in Kankani village here and possession of illegal arms. The poaching incident took place during the filming of the Rajshri Productions’ film Hum Saath Saath Hain. Salman Khan and a few other actors including Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Tabu, allegedly killed a chinkara in Jodhpur, while shooting for the film in Jodhpur city in 1998. The case was filed by Bishnoi community and has been going on ever since. One of the animals was killed at Bhawad on the outskirts of Jodhpur on September 26, 1998, and the other at Ghoda Farms on September 28, 1998. Chinkara is an endangered animal accorded the highest protection under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Salman was convicted in the hunting case by one of the trial courts under the Act of Wildlife Protection Act in April 2006. The actor was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment and was fined for Rs 5,000. In the following August the Rajasthan High Court suspended the sentence, but not before he spent 6 days in jail.

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