Bollywood actors Tabu and Sonali Bendre flew Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India on October 10, 2013. They are scheduled to appear at the Jodhpur high court for being accused of hunting protected blackbucks at Kankani village in Jodhpur during shooting of their film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ way back in 1998. Although the case was filed a long time ago, it was only on July 6, 2013 that it actually went to court.
Tabu and Sonali Bendre Fly to Jodhpur for Blackbuck Poaching Case
The case has been pending for years and other actors who were involved in the making of the film have also been accused and cases have been filed against them as well.
Tabu accused for hunting protected blackbucks at Kankani village in Jodhpur
Fellow actors Neelam, Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan are also scheduled to appear for the same hearing.
The main witness for the prosecution, Poonam Chand, was cross-examined on Thursday (Oct 10) and is expected to continue on Friday when the actors appear in court.
Sonali Bendre accused for hunting protected blackbucks at Kankani village in Jodhpur
So far, all the actors have been exempted from appearing in court and the case has been handled by their attorneys. However, since the main witness is being examined at the moment, the presiding judge Chandra Kala Jain said that he wanted them all in court on Friday so that the witness could identify them if necessary and it could officially go on the record.
Tabu and Sonali Bendre at Jodhpur for Blackbuck Poaching Case
The advocates for the accused have argued that since all the actors are well known faces it makes no sense to ask them to be in court. But that appeal was overruled.