Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Salman Khan released on bail

Salman Khan released on bail

Today the Jodhpur sessions court judge on heard Salman Khan's bail plea and chose to pass order bail after lunch.

An Indian court on Friday chose to reserve its order on Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bail plea until Saturday.

The conviction of Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case has pushed Bollywood into a nervous spell as approximately Rs 1,000 crore is riding on the superstar.

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Last year, another court in Jodhpur acquitted Khan in a separate poaching case, ruling that there was no proof that Khan had killed an endangered gazelle. Four other Bollywood stars, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari, were acquitted for lack of evidence.

The actor was joined by his two sisters, Alvira and Arpita, at the Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday.

A member of the Bishnoi community claimed to have seen the Bollywood actor shoot the antelope, however, Khan argued that the antelope died of natural causes. The actor's lawyer Mahesh Bora's arguments listing 54 reasons for the bail in a 51-page bail application, raising a benefit of doubt as only Salman had been convicted out of six accused.

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The Bishnoi Samaj, which had registered the complaint against Salman, have said it will approach the High Court against the verdict.

A similar five-year imprisonment sentence announced in 2006 by a trial court was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court before he was acquitted in 2016. Salman Khan has also been accused of killing two chinkaras and a blackbuck in September 1998. However, it is just Salman Khan who has been held guilty.

Salman's team of lawyers are also going to mention "how Poonam Chand was two kilometers away and how he could never have reached the alleged crime spot in a matter of minutes", after hearing the gunshot.

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