Blackbuck Poaching Case: No relief even after 19 years for actors that were accused in the 1998, blackbuck case as the Jodhpur court has asked all the people including Salman Khan, Neelam, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Sonali Bendre to appear in the court on January 25, 2017. In October 2016, Salman Khan was in major relief when he was acquitted in the blackbuck poaching case by the Rajasthan High Court. But looks like there is no comfort after all.
Salman Khan has been called for trial in a case of poaching of an endangered black buck in Kankani village and also for the possession of illegal arms. The co-accused in this case had accompanied the ‘Dabangg’ star during the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ on October 1, 1998. The verdict in the case against Khan under the Arms Act will be pronounced on January 18 where Salman Khan has been asked to be present.
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What is the case?
In 1998, Salman Khan along with his fellow co-stars that included Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre allegedly hunted down two endangered blackbucks in Kankani village of Rajasthan on September, 1998. The aforesaid incident happened during the shoot of ‘Hum Saath Saath hain’. A complaint was registered by the members of Bishnoi community on October 2 and the actor was taken into custody on October 12. While he was granted bail on October 17, he was again held guilty by the trial court in 2006. Salman Khan was also charged with two other poaching cases that included the Chinkara deer in Bhawad village and blackbuck in the Mathania village.
The last development in the case before todays summon took place took place on October 19, 2016, where the Rajasthan Government contended in the Supreme Court that Salman Khan should be ordered to surrender and should be asked to go back to jail for Chinkara poaching cases.