New Delhi: Salman Khan walks out of Jodhpur jail after he was granted bail
Salman Khan Bail Hearing: Salman Khan walked out of Jodhpur jail and will head to Mumbai
in blackbuck poaching case today. He is to travel to his Mumbai home from Jodhpur. Security arrangements were set-up at both airports and while the actor is in transit. The court will next hear the case on May 7.
The bail plea was heard by Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who was among 87 sessions court judges
who were transferred yesterday. It is customary for judges to be given seven days for the transition. The actor was sentenced to five years for killing two endangered blackbucks nearly 20 years ago. The actor's lawyer had approached the court with his bail application yesterday, but the hearing was put off till today after the judge asked for the entire case records.
The court on Thursday found him guilty of killing two blackbucks in 1998 and sentenced him to five years in jail. The Bollywood superstar was sent to Jodhpur Central Jail
soon afterwards. Four other Bollywood stars, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari, were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Here are the highlights of the Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case:
Salman Khan arrived in Mumbai after he walked out of the Jodhpur Central Jail this evening. He spent the last two nights in jail after being convicted for killing two blackbucks 20 years ago. Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who began hearing his bail request this morning, has ordered his release on bail.
Salman Khan returns to Mumbai after spending two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail.
Police stand guard outside the Salman Khan's house in Mumbai. (Reuters)
Fans of Salman Khan pose as they hold a banner outside his house in Mumbai after a court in Jodhpur granted him bail.
Salman Khan released from Jodhpur jail after being granted bail by a sessions court.
Actor Salman Khan arrives at the Jodhpur Airport. He will fly to Mumbai on a chartered plane soon.
Salman Khan walks out of Jodhpur jail and will head to Mumbai on a chartered plane.
Hours after he was granted bail, Salman Khan walks out of Jodhpur Central Jail. Will travel to Mumbai straight
Salman Khan to fly out of Jodhpur tonight and will travel to Mumbai.
Actress Sonakshi Sinha posted an image with Salman Khan with the caption "The force and the force field #surakshakavach #humreallysaathsaathhai #gotyourback."
Ramesh Taurani, the producer of "Race 3" said he is "happy" that the actor has come out of jail. "For us Salman coming of this was more important. Our prayers have been answered. The shooting of 'Race 3' is almost over, a romantic song is left, which will feature Salman and Jacqueline." (File photo)
Several members of the Bollywood industry extended their support to Salman Khan as he is to walk out of jail tonight.
Director of Salman Khan's upcoming film "Race 3" Remo D'Souza told PTI, "I am happy that he has got bail. After working with him so closely I have become a huge fan of him not only as an actor but also as a human being. Almost 90 percent of the shoot for 'Race 3' is over and the remaining portions will mostly be shot in India."
Fans hold posters in support of Salman Khan outside his residence Galaxy apartment in Mumbai.
Salman Khan's sisters - Alvira and Arpita - were present during the hearing at Jodhpur court. (PTI)
Fans celebrate outside Salman Khan's residence in Mumbai after the Jodhpur Court granted bail to the actor.
Salman Khan will have to furnish a personal bail bond of 50,000 plus two other bonds worth Rs. 25,000 each. The court hear the case next on May 7. Salman Khan cannot travel out of the country without the permission of the court
"The bail order must reach the jail authorities only after that will Salman Khan be released today. The bail bond takes about 20 minutes to fill out. The verification process takes about an hour after which he can be released. He could be released at about 7.30 pm," senior lawyer Bharat Bhushan Sharma
Salman Khan gets bail in blackbuck poaching case from Jodhpur court
"Court will not hear anything now, only final order will be pronounced after lunch timings. Court has seen all the records. Everything has been completed from our side and all the records have been checked by court," Salman's counsel Hastimal Saraswat said.
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- Family can meet their member six times in a week in central jail
- No photographs have been taken from inside.
- No mobile phones are allowed inside the jail premises
- No outside food is allowed in jail, he (Salman Khan) is provided jail cooked meals
- Jail administration allowed family members to meet their person in jail when required for some legal work
- We sent the family and relatives after proper summon is provided for the same
- No one is taking selfies (with Salman Khan) from police officials sides
- I can't comment on this, only jail administration can reveal you weather he (Salman Khan) roamed outside his barrack or not
During the hearing, Salman Khan's lawyers argued that witnesses are not reliable. The Defence also questioned the second post-mortem report that pointed at bullet injury.
Judge To Pronounce Order After Lunch
Arguments from both the defense and prosecution are over. The judge will pronounce the order after lunch at 2 pm.
The second post-mortem report of the two blackbucks played a key role in proving that the animals had died of gunshots, as the trial court, while convicting Salman Khan, mentioned that it has been proved beyond doubt that the Bollywood superstar had shot them.
Bail hearing begins. Judge Joshi is hearing the case.
Salman Khan's sister Alvira reaches court. His long-time bodyguard Shera is also present at the court.
Salman Khan is in the same block as Asaram Bapu, the spiritual leader accused of raping a schoolgirl
This is Salman Khan's fourth stint in the Jodhpur Central Jail. He has spent a total of 18 days in the jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007.
District & sessions court judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi arrives at Jodhpur Court
- Judge Joshi was among 87 sessions court judges who have been transferred
- Lawyers say the judge can use his discretion whether he will decide on the actor's bail plea or not
Salman Khan has four films in the pipeline
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Salman Khan shot and killed the blackbucks, from the antelope family, in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998 during the shooting of the film "Hum Saath Saath Hain". Blackbuck is an endangered animal and included in the schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act-1972. All the actors were in a Gypsy that night with Salman in the driving seat. He spotted a herd of blackbucks and killed two of them, prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said.