Jodhpur, Apr 6: Actor Salman Khan was on Thursday convicted in a 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case and was sentenced to five years in jail. The actor, who has been lodged in Ward number 2 at Jodhpur Central Jail as kaidi number 106, on Thursday sought bail but his bail plea will be heard today on April 6 in the Jodhpur sessions court. Salman Khan is most likely to challenge the verdict in the Rajasthan High Court. We will be updating live on Salman Khan’s bail plea in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, stay with us.
Speaking to India.com, advocate Shahid Nadeem, a criminal lawyer practising in Bombay High Court and Supreme Court, said, “Salman Khan can apply for fresh bail in Sessions Court along with his appeal against the conviction. Since he was already on bail during the trial and no adverse report reported against him, most likely he will get bail on that basis apart from other aspects of his family and professional commitments.”
Salman had done it in the 2002 hit-and-run case when he challenged the verdict and was later acquitted of all the charges. The Dabangg actor is most likely to do the same. If the actor doesn’t get bail, he may have to stay in jail for three more days, as the weekend follows.
A Jodhpur court on Thursday, April 5, sentenced Salman Khan to five years in jail and levied a penalty for Rs 10,000 on him in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The other actors, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam who accompanied the actor during the hunting session in Jodhpur were acquitted. The 52-year-old actor was sent to Jodhpur jail directly from the courtroom. In jail, the actor had dal, roti, potatoes and cabbage.