This Article is From Apr 07, 2018

Judge Hearing Salman Khan Bail Request Among 87 Transferred In Rajasthan

On Thursday, Judge Khatri had convicted Salman Khan and sentenced him to jail for five years in the nearly two-decade old blackbuck poaching case.

Salman Khan has been lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail since Thursday for killing 2 blackbucks in 1998


  • Annual shake-up in Rajasthan judiciary sees several judges transferred
  • Includes judge who sent Khan to jail and one who is hearing his bail plea
  • Rajasthan Judges are usually transferred between April 15-30 every year
New Delhi: A sessions court judge who is expected to decide today if Bollywood superstar Salman Khan spends more time at Rajasthan's Jodhpur central jail or not over the blackbuck poaching case has been transferred in an annual shake-up. Jodhpur Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi was among 87 sessions court judges who have been transferred. Judge Joshi, who began hearing the case this morning, will be replaced by Chandra Kumar Songara, district and sessions judge of Bhilwara within a week's time.

Judge Joshi had, on Friday, put off the hearing by a day as he wanted to see the entire case record before deciding whether Salman Khan should be granted bail. It is customary for judges to be given seven days for their transitions.

Dev Kumar Khatri, the judge who sent Salman Khan to jail for killing two blackbucks 20 years ago, has also been transferred out in the major reshuffle of Rajasthan's judicial officers ordered by the High Court. Judge Khatri will be replaced by Samrendra Singh Sikarwar, who is the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Udaipur.
salman khan jodhpur court

Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in prison in the blackbuck poaching case

Both the judges are among 382 judicial officers transferred or promoted by the Rajasthan High Court. Judges in Rajasthan are usually transferred between April 15 and 30 every year on the recommendation of a committee set up by the High Court.

On Thursday, Judge Khatri had convicted Salman Khan and sentenced him to jail for five years for poaching two endangered blackbucks in 1998, emphasizing that the "accused is a film star and people look up to him".

"The way the accused killed two innocent black bucks in violation of the wildlife laws...he is a film star, people emulate him and look up to him... and there has been a rise in poaching incidents, so leniency is not justified given the severity of the crime, the evidence and the circumstances," Judge Khatri had said, explaining his decision.

Salman Khan was taken directly to the Jodhpur Central Jail from the court on Thursday, where he is lodged as Prisoner No. 106.

The two blackbucks were shot dead near Jodhpur in October 1998, when Salman Khan and other actors - Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari - went on a hunt after spending the day shooting for their film, "Hum Saath Saath Hain". The other actors were acquitted on Thursday.