On Monday, the Jodhpur-bench of Rajasthan High Court has issued a fresh notice to Bollywood actors Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, and Neelam Kothari in 1998 blackbush poaching case, which is followed by an appeal of the State Government against their clearing.
A single justice-bench headed by Justice Manoj Garh has issued a notice to the actors, follows an appeal by Rajasthan Government against their clearance by a Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on April 5, 2018.
Notice was further issued to Dushyant Singh, who was reportedly accompanying the actors when the poaching took place.
Justice Gard has asked that the case to be listed after 8 weeks for hearing.
On March 11, the High Court has issued a notice to five respondents on appeal of the state government, which challenging their clearance in the case.
However, popular Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been accused under Section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act by Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court and was punished with 5-years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs. 10000 after being found accused for killing two blackbucks in Jodhpur, during the shooting of blockbuster movie Hum Saath Saath Hain.
The appeal of Mr. Khan, who is now on bail, is pending before the High Court.
The Trial Court had exempt his co-stars- Tabu, Saif, Sonali, Neelam, and Dushyant Singh due to lack of proper evidence.