Salman Khan not to face rioting charges

Salman Khan takes off his jacket during the launch of his Being Human flagship clothing store on January 17, 2013. Khan announced the pan-India launch of his flagship retail store for Being Human fashion apparel after having already launched in Paris, Belgium, Spain and Dubai. (AFP PHOTO)

It seems that the 1998's infamous blackbuck hunting case is far from over for Salman Khan.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court decided that the Bollywood actor will not face trial on charges of rioting. He will,however, face trial under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Justice P Sathasivam, who was heading an apex court bench, refused the Rajasthan government's appeal that Salman Khan and four others (Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre) accused in the case should also be tried for rioting under the provisions of the IPC.

Readers may recollect that the aforementioned names including Salman were all accused of poaching two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur.


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