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Blackbuck poaching case: Hearing set for April 1

SNS | New Delhi |

A Jodhpur court on Thursday has set the date of hearing for the infamous Blackbuck poaching case involving Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam for April 1.

While filming the mega-hit Bollywood film ‘Hum Saath Saaith Hain’ in 1998, the actors were allegedly involved in the illegal hunting of two blackbucks in Kankaani village, which are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.

The Jodhpur Court on January 18 had acquitted Salman in the Arms Act case, citing ‘prosecuted under wrong sections’.

However, the Rajasthan Government has filed a petition in the Jodhpur district and session court, challenging the actor’s acquittal. The court accepted the petition and issued a notice to the actor.

Earlier, the hearing of the case was scheduled for April 21.

Salman, also accused in possession of illegal arms, was acquitted of all charges. The actor was accused of possessing two arms – .32 revolver and .22 rifle, which license were expired while hunting the endangered species.