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The Blackbuck Poaching case that can be traced to the 90s has now taken a new route. The Rajasthan Court which not only sentenced Salman Khan has refused on Tuesday to acquit the other accused from the case for helping Salman.
Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and a local named Dushyant Singh were charged for accompanying Salman when the poaching happened. While they were acquitted earlier under benefit of the doubt, now the Jodhpur High Court has decided to send them notices for the same.
The notices have been issued on a plea by the Rajasthan Forest Department, which has appealed against the acquittal of the five by a Jodhpur court last year. Salman Khan was found guilty in the case. However, after spending two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail, he was granted bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the same amount. His appeal against the sentence will be heard on April 3.
Notably, in October 1998, a total of three cases in connection with poaching and one under the Arms Act were registered against Salman. The 52-year-old actor allegedly shot two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'. Hunting of black bucks, a rare species, is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.