The buck rebounds on Salman Khan

Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan had charges reframed against him at a district court in Jodhpur for allegedly hunting down an endangered species of deer called black buck in 1998 at Kankani village in Luni district, close to Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

Khan was present along with co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam before the judicial magistrate for the hearing. The incident had allegedly taken place when these actors were shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain for the Rajshris.

The charges against Salman Khan have been framed under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act while the charges against Saif Ali Khan, Tabassum Hashmi, Sonali Bendre and Neelam have been framed under Section 52 of the Act which amounts to unlawful assembly and abetment of crime.

Salman and his co-stars have been asked to report for the next hearing to be held on 3 and 4 July.

It may be recalled that on 17 February, this year, Chief Judicial Magistrate B K Jain of a Jodhpur court had sentenced Salman to a year in jail for killing a Chinkara (a species of Gazelle) in Bhavad Village of Jodhpur in September 1998. On 10 April, Salman was given a five-year sentence for killing a rare black buck in Ghoda farms, in the same district.

Salman Khan’s directors Shirish Kunder, Ravi Chopra, Nikhil Advani and Rumi Jaffrey are quickly finishing their big budget films with Khan to ensure a quick release of their films as over Rs 1000 million is riding on the Khan’s shoulders.

Salman Khan is one of the biggest Bollywood stars in the Indian as well as the overseas market with an ability to draw in the crowds despite several court cases against him for alleged poaching, negligent driving and killing a man as well.