A court in Jodhpur on Monday adjourned till October 3 the hearing of a poaching case against film stars Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan and others after a prosecution witness failed to appear before it.
Besides Salman and Saif, the others charged in the case related to the alleged poaching of two blackbucks in 1998 are actresses Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu and a local man named Dushyant Singh.
The judicial magistrate's court reframed the charges against the stars on June 19 after the district and sessions judge partially considered an appeal filed by them.
Salman is now facing trial under section 51 (hunting) of the Wildlife Protection Act while the others have been charged under Section 52 (abetment) of the same law. All of them have stated their innocence, denied the charges and demanded trial.
The court started hearing the case on Monday but Poonam Chand, the first prosecution witness, failed to appear before it. Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit then adjourned the case till October 3.
The stars have been charged for the alleged poaching of two blackbucks in the intervening night of Oct 1 and 2, 1998 at Kankani near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain.
Salman was earlier sentenced to prison for a year and fined Rs 5,000 for a poaching case at Bhawad, and sentenced to five years in prison and fined Rs 25,000 for another case of poaching at Ghora Farm by the Jodhpur court.