Salman Khan who was accused of poaching a chinkara in Jodhpur and another at Ghoda farms during the shooting of his film, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, in September 1998 has filed a defamation suit against a TV news channel in the Bombay High Court and has slapped damages worth Rs. 100 crore.
According to reports, Salman has filed the defamation suit in Bombay High Court. The suit had been filed before a division bench of the HC in August this year, wherein Khan claimed a sting operation conducted by the channel in the 1998 chinkara poaching case was malicious and defamatory.
And now Salman wants the channel to refrain from releasing the sting operation.
The channel claimed in the sting operation that “witnesses claimed they saw Khan shoot the endangered chinkaras in Jodhpur”. However, later the “witnesses turned hostile and claimed the video was doctored”.
Justice SJ Kathawalla, who is presiding over the matter, will hear the matter on November 18.
The Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur acquitted Salman in both the cases in July.
Two separate cases had been registered against Salman Khan under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998. At that time, they were shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s family drama.
The trial court (CJM) had convicted him in both the cases sentencing him to one- year and 5-year imprisonment on February 17, 2006 and April 10, 2006, respectively. The actor was acquitted in these two cases on July 25. – CINEWS