Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan, who was convicted and sentenced to serve five years in prison, was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck case on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi. Reportedly, the 52-year-old has to secure special permission from the court if he plans to travel outside the country. No doubt, the news was much to the relief of his many fans and his family. However, the petitioner, the Bishnoi community, plans to approach the Rajasthan High Court against the verdict.
While Salman’s lawyer Mahesh Bora expressed happiness on the verdict, the Bishnoi Samaj, which had registered the complaint against Salman for killing the two bluckbucks 20 years back, is angry at the decision of the sessions court and have said it will approach the High Court against the verdict. In a statement to a leading daily, Ram Niwas Dhori of Bishnoi Tiger Force said, “It’s a very sad day for us as the court has granted bail barely two days after Salman was convicted and sentenced to five years for killing two blackbucks,” further adding, “We will not only challenge Salman’s bail by the sessions court but also appeal against the acquittal of the five co-accused, including four other film actors.”
As soon as the news broke, fans of Salman Khan, who were fervently praying for the actor’s release, took to their respective micro-blogging sites to express their happiness over Bombay HC’s decision to grant bail to the actor. Even celebrties took to Twitter to express their happiness over the decision. Sonakshi Sinha, Remo D’souza, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonam Kapoor, Mika Singh and more from B-Town celebrated as Salman Khan gets bail. ALSO READ: Sonakshi Sinha, Remo D’Souza, Neil Nitin Mukesh Celebrate Salman Khan’s Bail – Read Tweets
For the uninitiated, the Bishnois consider the blackbuck to be the reincarnation of their religious Guru Bhagwan Jambeshwar also known as Jambaji. Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village here while shooting for “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. While Salman was found guilty, the four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were acquitted.
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