The Supreme Court issued notice to Salman Khan on a plea by the Rajasthan government challenging the stay on his conviction and sentencing in the 1998 killing of two Chinkara deer and a blackbuck during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. An apex court bench headed by Justice S.J Mukhopadhaya issued the notice as a petition by the Rajasthan government came up for hearing. The 47-year-old is accused of hunting and killing the endangered deer while shooting for the film. He has already twice spent time in the Jodhpur jail in connection to the case, in 1998 and again in 2007.
Salman’s Hum Saath Saath Hain co-stars - Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam - are charged with inciting the actor to hunt. The actor’s rifle and revolver were seized by the court when he was first accused of poaching and their licenses were found to have expired. Fresh charges were framed against Salman last year after the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court both ruled that the Arms Act could not be applied to him and sent the case back to the lower court.
In November last year, the Rajasthan High Court ordered that Salman Khan's poaching conviction be suspended to make it easier for the actor to travel abroad for a film.The actor was sentenced to five years in jail and is currently out on bail in the case.
He is also facing a retrial in the 2002 hit-and-run case in Mumbai.