SC relief for Salman in blackbuck case
The state government had challenged the High Court decision to charge Khan only under Section 51 of Wildlife Act, for allegedly killing the protected animal, and Section 149 of the IPC (unlawful assembly). While Section 51 entails jail term of up to three years, with our without fine, Section 149 provides for punishment in terms of the main offence.
Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, who were reported to have accompanied Khan, were charged under Section 52 (attempts to contravene, or abet the contravention of, any of the provisions of this Act) of Wildlife Act and also Section 149 of the IPC.
However, the state government, in its appeal before the apex court, claimed that the HC had erroneously dropped the charge of rioting against the actors since it failed to appreciate that their action would directly fall under “violence” as defined for rioting under Section 146 of the IPC.
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