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Blackbuck poaching case: Appeal filed in high court against acquittal of Bollywood stars

The appeal was filed by the state government against the decision of the rural court that acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari. The petition came up for hearing before the bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Garg on Friday.

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December 1, 2018 11:06 am

Jaipur: An appeal was filed in the Jodhpur bench of the Rajasthan High Court against the release of Bollywood celebrities in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case on Friday.

The appeal was filed by the state government against the decision of the rural court that acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari in the black buck poaching case. The petition came up for hearing before the bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Garg on Friday.

Earlier, the prosecution had sought permission from the government to present an appeal against the acquittal in the high court. But the officials delayed the permission. The appeal was filed after a delay of 55 days. In the first hearing of the case on Friday, the case was found to be defective in the Rajasthan high court.

The appeal filed by the prosecution was rejected by Justice Manoj Kumar Garg. The High court has given the prosecution five weeks to correct some defects in the appeal.

The lower court in Jodhpur had sentenced Bollywood actor Salman Khan to five years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on April 5. His co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari were acquitted by the court.

Salman has been accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Mathania village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October 1998 and his co-actors are charged for instigating Khan to poach the animals.

First published: December 1, 2018
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