Blackbuck case: Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Sonali Bendre were acquitted in the case.

The state government on Saturday said it will appeal before the Rajasthan High Court against the acquittal of actors Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan and others in the Blackbuck poaching case.

This comes over five months after the four actors were acquitted in the said case, while 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.

In 2016, the Rajasthan High Court had acquitted Khan in two other poaching cases. The actor was accused of hunting two chinkaras in Mathania, near Jodhpur, on September 26, 1998, and another chinkara at Ghoda Farms, in the same area, two days later. In 2006, a trial court in Jodhpur had convicted Khan in both the cases and sent him to jail.

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

In August, a Jodhpur sessions court ruled that the Sultan star will need to seek its permission every time he has to travel abroad. The ruling came in response to an application filed by the 52-year-old’s lawyers, asking for an exemption from seeking permission for foreign travel.


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