Jodhpur: A court in Jodhpur today read out fresh charges against Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre in a 14-year-old case of hunting of blackbucks during a film shooting in Rajasthan. Watch latest on Blackbuck case: New charges against 4 actors l Saif, 3 others deny charges l No new charges against Salman
The four have been were charged under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 for for inciting Salman Khan to hunt and also aiding him.
The four actors denied the charges and will be filing a review petition in the court.
Salman Khan, who is also an accused in the case, was not present in court today and is reportedly present in the US.
Salman Khan was not present in court, hence charges against him have not been framed yet. He is in the US undergoing treatment and his medical application in court was accepted.
"Salman Khan was not present in the court today (Saturday) as he in not in the country and has gone overseas for treatment. His doctor had advised him not to leave before March 22 looking at his health status," Hastimal Saraswat, Salman Khan's counsel, said.
The next date of hearing has been given April 27.
The incident of shooting the protected blackbuck at Kankani village in Jodhpur took place during shooting of film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998.
The Rajasthan High Court had revised the charges against these stars in December 2012, charging Khan with section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act and others including a local accused Dushyant Singh with section 51/52 of Wildlife Protection Act and section 149 of IPC.
The blackbuck is a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act.