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Salman Khan files Rs 100-crore defamation suit against TV channel

salmanBollywood superstar Salman Khan has filed a defamation suit against a TV news channel in the Bombay High Court and has slapped damages worth Rs 100 crore, reported Hindustan Times.

Salman Khan was accused of poaching a chinkara at Bhawad near Jodhpur and another chinkara at Ghoda farms during the shooting of his film, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, in September 1998.

In a suit filed before a division bench of the HC in August this year, Salman Khan claimed a sting operation conducted by the channel in the 1998 chinkara poaching case was malicious and defamatory. Salman Khan wants the channel to be restrained from releasing or making public in any way, any part of that sting operation, reported Hindustan Times.

According to the report in Hindustan Times, in the channel’s sting operation “witnesses claimed they saw Khan shoot the endangered chinkaras in Jodhpur”. However, later the “witness/es turned hostile and claimed the video was doctored”.

In a previous hearing on August 24 this year, the channel told a single bench of the HC that it had already taken down the video and script of the sting operation and all other related material from its website.

In a hearing earlier this month, both the parties submitted affidavits and told the court they were working out a settlement. Justice SJ Kathawalla, who is presiding over the matter, will hear the matter on November 18.

In July this year, the Rajasthan HC acquitted Salman Khan in two cases related to poaching.

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