Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been charged with killing a protected antelope species during an illegal hunting trip in Rajasthan, India.

Fellow stars Saif Ali Khan, TABU, NEELAM and Sonali Bendre are also accused of accompanying Khan during the alleged slaughter of two blackbucks in 1998.

All defendants have denied the charges and plan to contest the case.

SAJAN star Khan, who also faces two other counts relating to the same case for killing a spotted gazelle and possessing an illegal weapon used in the hunt, is currently suspended from a one-year sentence while he appeals to a higher court.

The case was originally filed by the local Bishnoi community who regard the blackbucks as sacred.