Jodhpur, Apr 7: Bollywood actor Salman Khan reached Mumbai after he was released from Jodhpur Central Jail on Saturday. He was granted bail in blackbuck poaching case by a court earlier in the day. The actor cannot leave the country without court’s permission and will appear before it again in person on May 7.
The procedure at the jail premises was completed a few hours after the actor was granted bail. Heavy security was deployed at the Jodhpur Airport where the actor reached, accompanied by bodyguard Shera, soon after the release. (LIVE UPDATES ON SALMAN KHAN BAIL HEARING)
“Procedure at the jail premises is over. We are arranging security at the airport and security in transit. Once that is done, we will move him,” Amandeep Singh Kapoor, DCP (East), was quoted as saying before the ‘Dabangg’ star’s release. (ALSO READ – Salman Khan a Good Human: Asaram Bapu on Bail to Actor)
Meanwhile, fans have gathered outside his residence in Mumbai celebrating the release of the actor from the jail.
The ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ actor was lodged in Barrack No. 2, where rape accused Asaram Bapu is housed, as Kaidi number 106 for two nights.
Salman Khan had applied for bail as soon as he was convicted in blackbuck poaching case on Wednesday. The court had sentenced him to five years in jail with a fine of Rs 10,000.
On Friday, the Session Court had reserved its order on Salman’s bail plea till today. His case was presented by senior advocate Mahesh Bora, who came with a 51-page bail application. He had reportedly said that the witnesses’ statement should not be trusted in the case as they raise a benefit of doubt and questioned why only Salman had been convicted out of all co-accused.
The actor was the only one to be convicted in the case that pertains to blackbuck poaching way back in 1998 while the stars were shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain in Jodhpur. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam, were let off for lack of evidence.
Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act (to be read with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code).