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A group of Bollywood actors are being charged in a poaching case that dates all the way back to 1998.
According to The Guardian, actor Tabu, Life of Pi, and three other actors are charged with abetting an offense in hunting. Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan is really in hot water as he is charged with shooting the protected animals.
Back on October 2, 1998 the four actors were on location near Jodhpur Indian filming a movie. Khan is the one who shot two endangered animals, blackbucks, with the other four actors encouraging him to do the crime. Tabu is joined with Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Saif Ali Khan.
The poaching trial is set to begin April 27, reports The Times of India. If the actors are convicted of all charges they could each face six years in prison.
Khan is being accused under Section 9/51 from the Wildlife Protection Act, which is the act of hunting an animal that is protected. The other four actors are being prosecuted under Section 9/51 and 9/52, which is abetting the hunting.
This isn’t the first time Khan is in trouble for poaching. During the same time in Jodhpur he was brought up on two other poaching charges. One sent him to prison for a year because of killing two endangered chinkara deer. The other crime was for the shooting of another blackbuck and that landed him in jail for five years. The shooting of that blackbuck occurred days after the 1998 incident.