Multiple TV reports have claimed that the Supreme Court has issued a notice to actor Salman Khan after
the Rajasthan Government’s plea which moved the High Court's acquittal of the actor in two blackbuck
Earlier this year in July, Rajasthan High Court had acquitted Khan in the 1998 chinkara (blackbuck) poaching case. The decision prompted the Rajasthan Government to move to the Supreme Court where it contended that Khan should be ordered to surrender.
The case dates back to 1998 when Khan was shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s film Hum Saath Saath Hain in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Khan was accused of hunting two blackbucks at Bhawad in Mathania, 40 km away from Jodhpur. He was accused of hunting another blackbuck at Ghoda farms two days later, according to a report by The Indian Express.
The Bishnoi community lodged a police complaint against Khan who was detained but released on bail days later. Though Khan was convicted by a trial court in 2006 under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, his sentence was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court. The High Court revised the charges against Khan in 2012 but went on to acquit him four years later.
The notice by the Supreme Court has spelled fresh trouble for the actor who is currently busy shooting for filmmaker Kabir Khan’s Tubelight, and the latest season of reality show Bigg Boss.