Blackbuck poaching case: If found guilty, equal punishment for Saif, Neelam, Sonali

Salman Khan

Varinder Chawla

Actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari and a local resident, Dushyant Singh, are among the accused in the case.

In an interview with NDTV in 2009, actor Salman Khan had claimed that the group had come across the a herd of deer when they were returning after pack-up while shooting Hum Saath Saath Hain. The actor has spent time in a Jodhpur jail twice in connection with the case. They have been charged under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Case 3 - Arms Act Case: A.32 revolver and.22 rifle was recovered by forest officials and police allegedly from Salman Khan's hotel room after the poaching cases were registered against him.

Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu also left for Jodhpur from Mumbai. Salman Khan was later acquitted in the arms case by a trial court.

He was, however, was acquitted on January 18 in a criminal case accusing him of possessing and using weapons with an expired licence while hunting for endangered chinkaras and blackbucks at Kankani village and elsewhere near Jodhpur. All of them allegedly fled when they were chased by the villagers.

Khan was convicted in the black buck hunting case by a trial court April 10, 2006 under the Wildlife (Protection) Act and was awarded a five-years jail term along with a fine of Rs.25,000. Blaming the prosecution he said: "It engaged in tampering and fabricating evidence and documents as well as roping in fake witnesses to prove its case".

Minutes after he landed at the Jodhpur Airport for the hearing of infamous Black Buck poaching case, Saif Ali Khan made news even before the case hearing could. "Hence, such an investigation can not be trusted", Saraswat said. You meanwhile stay with us for all the updates around Black Buck Poaching case verdict. He had refuted the allegations and instead said in court that the animals had died of natural causes.

If proven guilty, Salman, Saif, Tabu and Sonali Bendre will have to serve minimum 1 year of imprisonment or maximum of 6 years.

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