The Rajasthan High Court Monday issued notices to film stars Saif Ali Khan, Neelam Kothari, Sonali Bendre and Tabbu on an appal by the state government, challenging their acquittal by a trial court in a case of hunting two black bucks in 1998.
Justice Manoj Garg issued the notice also to a local resident, Dushynat Singh, acquitted along with the film stars last year.
The trial court had sentenced Khan to five years in jail on April 5 last year, while acquitting the five other co-accused. Khan is presently out on bail.
The court has asked the five to file their replies to the court within eight weeks.
After the five files their replies, the state's appeal would be sent back to the session court for further hearing as the first appeal to a magisterial court judgement lies in the sessions court, explained Bishnoi.
The state had come to the high court after the sessions court had taken objections to the late filing of the appeal by the state government, he said.
Salman Khan has already challenged his conviction before the sessions court, which is presently hearing the defence arguments in his appeal.