Blackbuck poaching case: Rajasthan HC issues notice to Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre

Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday issued notices to actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and, Tabu, and Jodhpur resident Dushyant Singh on an appeal by the state government challenging their acquittal in the Blackbuck poaching case by a local court.

On September 15 last year, the then BJP government of the state had appealed before the Rajasthan High Court against the acquittal of Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan and others in the said case.

Their decision came over five months after the four actors were acquitted in the case, while actor Salman Khan was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of killing two Blackbucks in Jodhpur during the shooting of his 1998 blockbuster ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

The court, however, acquitted Salman’s co-stars- Saif, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali, and Dushyant Singh – due to lack of evidence.