Blackbuck case: Saif and four others likely to get 6 yrs jail term
Bollywood actors have been going through tough phase in life. After Sanjay Dutt’s harsh three and a half years jail term, Saif Ali Khan and four others are likely to go behind the bars for six years in connection to blackbuck killing case registered in Jodhpur case way back in 1998.
Today Jodhpur case has framed fresh case against Saif Ali Khan and Tabu, Neelam, Sonali Bendre including Salman Khan. During the shooting of Sooraj Barjatiya’s ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ 14 years back in Jodhpur, five actors had allegedly shot blackbucks in a village near Jodhpur. A case has been accordingly filed against them.
Under the Wildlife Protection Act, blackbuck is a rare and protected species and hunting or killing of this genre is a punishable offence under the Indian law.
The hearing of the case has been held today and all the actors were present in the court except Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Salman Khan is in the US for neurological disorder treatment and he is expected to fly to the country today to appear at the court for the hearing.
The Rajasthan High Court revised the charges of the case against all the actors in December 2012. Salman Khan is charged under Section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act and others including a local accused Dushyant Singh are charged under Section 51/52 of Wildlife Protection Act and Section 149 of IPC.
If the actors are found guilty in blackbuck killing case then they will have to face a jail term of six years. Since Salman Khan was absent today, the revised charges against the actor will be read out later. The next hearing of the poaching case has been scheduled for April 27.