on film actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam
involved in connection with the blackbucks poaching case of 1998 was
postponed till March 23 by a Jodhpur court today. The judge Chandrakala
Jain is reportedly on leave.
The court was supposed to read out
the revised charges to all the actors, who are accused of killing two
blackbucks on the intervening night of October 1 and 2 in Kankani village
during shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.
In September last year, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (District) had
framed Salman Khan under Section 51 of Wildlife Act, Section 27 of Arms
Act and Section 148 (rioting and use of deadly weapons) of IPC. The others
including Saif, Tabu, Bendre, Neelam, Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre were
framed under Section 51 and Section 52 (attempts to contravene, or abet
the contravention of, any of the provisions) of Wildlife Act and Sections
147 (punishment for rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of IPC.
accused had then filed a review petition in Sessions' court, which had
discharged Salman from Section 27 of Arms Act and Section 148 of IPC,
whereas the others were discharged of Sections 51 of Wildlife Act and
Sections 147 and 149 of IPC.
The state government had approached
High Court against the verdict, which upheld Sessions' court order in
Salman's case, but set aside the order of dropping charges against others
under Section 149 of IPC. The state had then moved to Supreme Court
against the verdict on Salman, but the apex court had upheld the HC order
maintaining dropping of charges against Salman under Section 148.