Indian govt appeals against acquittal of Sonali Bendre
The government of Rajasthan , an Indian state, has announced to move the high court to reverse the acquittal of Bollywood actors, Sonali Bendre, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan and Neelam Kothari in the blackbuck poaching case.
It is pertinent to mention that in the recent months this news came as a shock to the world that Indian actress Sonali Bendre has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer.
Indian film industry’s ‘Bhai’, Salman Khan was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the same case by a Jodhpur court for poaching two blackbucks, from the family of rare antelopes, in 1998 while on a hunting expedition during shooting of movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
The four other Bollywood stars were also accused of partaking in the hunting trip but were acquitted for lack of evidence.
The court prosecutor had told that Salman Khan was convicted under the wildlife protection act and the rest of the stars had been acquitted.
Khan, known for his tough guy roles in Hindi films, has accused the state’s forest department of framing him over the black buck case.
After spending two nights in the jail, he was granted bail by the district and sessions court.
Indian courts can often take years — and sometimes decades — to pronounce verdicts.
But the off-screen drama has done little to dampen his appeal, with Khan one of Bollywood’s biggest draws.
In 1998, while shooting for the movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in Rajasthan, Salman allegedly went on a shooting expedition along with Saif, Neelam, Bendre, and Tabu, and is believed to have killed two blackbucks in Jodhpur’s Kankani village.
Khan was sentenced earlier to jail terms of one and five years in related cases. But he was later acquitted by appeals courts.