Salman khan granted bail in blackbuck poaching case

Posted April 08, 2018

Soli Sorabjee, a legal expert, said it was normal for bail to be granted in such a case, and didn't see Khan getting any special treatment from the court.

Salman is lodged in the Jodhpur Central Jail as "Qaidi No. 106".

Judge Joshi said during the trial, Khan had never misused any condition.

Eight years later, he was convicted of killing the two antelopes and sentenced to five years in prison.

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Salman's close buddies Mika Singh, Rohit Roy and Sonu Sood, filmmaker Subhash Ghai, actors Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rahul Dev and Aftab Shivdasani and playback singer Adnan Sami expressed happiness on Salman being granted bail by the Jodhpur sessions court in the case on Saturday afternoon. The only other Indian who surpassed him was Shah Rukh Khan.

Four other Bollywood actors accused in the case - Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre - were acquitted, prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said.

It was claimed that in September 1998, Khan hunted down the animals in the Kankani village of Rajasthan; in October 1998 Khan was arrested in the connection with the poaching of endangered animals, and subsequently granted bail.

Meanwhile, Salman's fans cheered outside the court after hearing the verdict.

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Terming the decision in the actor's case 'unusual, ' the NGO states that "these days, wildlife crime matters are commonly fast-tracked, bail is often denied, and offenders regularly receive seven-year prison sentences".

For the past 20 years, the witnesses from the Bishnoi community - which reveres the blackbuck - had maintained that Salman killed the two blackbucks.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was released from jail on Saturday after he was granted bail in the blackbuck poaching case.

The fans, who were carrying garlanded posters of Khan, raised slogans like "Salman zindabad", "Salman tum sangharsh karo, hum tumhare saath hai". Although Aishwarya never publicly admitted that she was seeing Vivek, her closeness to him didn't go down well with actor Salman Khan, with whom Aishwarya was having an alleged affair and had recently left for Vivek.

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On Friday, the Session Court had reserved its order on Salman's bail plea till today.