Fresh charges were today read out against actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre,
Tabu and Neelam by a court here in the 14-year-old blackbuck poaching case.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Chandrakala Jain read out the charges under sections
9/51 and 9/52 of Wildlife protection Act and 149 of IPC and posted the case for
next hearing on April 27.
The actors denied the charges read out to them by the judge.
Salman Khan was also supposed to appear in the court but failed to do so.
The high court had revised the charges against the actors in December 2012,
charging Salman 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.
They are accused of poaching two Blackbucks in the intervening night of October
1 and 2, 1998 in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film
'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.
Blackbuck is a protected animal and hunting or poaching of the same is a
punishable offence under law.
Several years ago, a bartender Jessical Lall was shot dead in a bar, Tamarid Court in Delhi. The killer lost control that the girl had refused to serve him liquors because the prescribed time limit for the same had expired. That was the regulation there. Strangely none had seen the accused shooting the poor girl though the bar was full of men and women. There was no eye witnesses.
Salman Khan and his friends shot blackbuck at dead of night inside deep forests. But nonetheless there are people who, claimed to have eye witnessed the shooting of blackbuck.
Outlook India : Blackbuck Case: Fresh Charges Against Saif, 3 Others
Jodhpur | Mar 23, 2013
One wonders why do indians get so easily worked up for celebrities ,when it comes to their trials or conviction under IPC ? Why are we so hyper-sensitive in case of Sanjay Dutt, in the first instance and now Salman Khan , Tabassum (Tabbu), Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Neelam? And, strangely, we always cry from our roof tops :" MAY YOU EVER BE SO HIGH,THE LAW IS ALWAYS ABOVE YOU !!!"
A K SAXENA (A retired civil servant)