Months after being acquitted, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Tabu get fresh notice in Black Buck poaching case

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The Jodhpur High Court on Monday issued a fresh notice to Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Tabu and Dushyant Singh in the Black Buck poaching case on an appeal by the state government challenging their acquittal in the case by a local court.

Saif Ali Khan

Last year in April, Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri of Jodhpur court had acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre in the same case, where he convicted actor Salman Khan and sentenced him a 5-year jail-term.

They are facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. These actors are   accused of killing the blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Last year, Saif Ali Khan had a notice from the Interpol on behalf of the Bulgarian government, which has sought his statement in a wild boar hunting case. “We got some documents from the Interpol through the CBI, which is India’s nodal agency for the Interpol. We have forwarded the documents to the actor. We have not recorded his statement,” Times of India had quoted a senior officer from the Mumbai crime branch as saying.

According to media reports, the Bulgarian police had booked an agent who allegedly organised a wild boar hunting tour for Saif without permission and licences. Bulgaria is a top destination for game hunting, but as per rules a foreigner must produce a hunting licence from his own country or appear for a test in Bulgaria to get a licence there.

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