Saturday, March 29, 2008

Chinkara case: warrant for Aamir.

Haresh Pandya, Hindustan Times
Rajkot, March 29, 2008
First Published: 01:53 IST(29/3/2008)
Last Updated: 02:00 IST(29/3/2008)

A chief judicial magistrate's court of Bhuj on Thursday issued a warrant against producer Aamir Khan, director Ashutosh Gowarikar and three other members of the Lagaan unit for the alleged illegal use of a chinkara (Indian gazelle) in the film and the animal's subsequent mysterious death.

The warrant has been issued following a court complaint by assistant conservator of forests JV Vyas, after Aamir and company failed to respond to the department's notices in the last two years and not appearing before the authorities.

Aamir's first wife Reena Datta, who helped produce Lagaan, cameraman Anil Mehta and executive B Shrinivas Rao have also been slapped a warrant for the same offence and ordered to remain present before the Bhuj court on April 15.

Aamir Khan Production Private Limited had been served a notice, on August 7, 2006, for the alleged illegal use of a chinkara and violation of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 following a complaint by Gir Nature Youth Club. “In his reply, Aamir Khan has said no chinkara was used in the film but it was the result of smart computer technology,” deputy conservator of forests VT Korvadia told HT.


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