Blackbuck poaching haunts Salman; court to frame new charges

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Jodhpur, March 23: Of late, Bollywood is witnessing a tussle with law enforcing agencies. After Supreme Court on Thursday, March 21 upheld actor Sanjay Dutt's conviction under the Arms Act and sentenced him to five years of jail in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, now it is the turn of another Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to face the heat of law.

Media reports suggest that a court in Jodhpur is likely to frame fresh charges against Salman Khan and four other Bollywood actors in the 14-year-old Blackbuck poaching case on Saturday, March 23.

Along with Salman, the other four Bollywood actors against whom court will frame charges are Saif Ali khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam.

The Bollywood actors have allegedly killed two blackbucks in a village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998.

The 47-year-old Salman has been already convicted for 1 year and 5 years for poaching of two Chinkaras at Bhawad and one Black Buck at Ghoda Farm (Mathania) in the intervening nigh of 26-27 September, 1998 and 28-29 September, 1998 respectively.

The blackbuck also known as antilope cervicapra is classified as a threatened animal and protected under Wildlife Protection Act.

Media reports say Salman is unlikely to be present in the court, while other Bollywood stars have already reached Jodhpur.

The Rajasthan High Court had revised the charges against these stars in December 2012, charging Khan with section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act and others including a local accused Dushyant Singh with section 51/52 of Wildlife Protection Act and section 149 of IPC.

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