New Delhi, April 6: The Jodhpur Session Court on Friday reserved its order on Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s bail plea till tomorrow, following which the actor will have to spend another night in Central jail today. Salman was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail, with a penalty of Rs 10,000 in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The Session court will announce the order at 10:30 AM on Saturday.
Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and others under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. Earlier in the day, Salman’s counsel Mahesh Bora, while speaking to reporters, had alleged,”Yesterday I got threatening SMSes and internet calls warning me not to appear for Salman Khan in bail hearing today.”
Salman was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail amid tight security on Thursday, soon after Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri pronounced the verdict. He spent his night in barrack number two as qaidi number 106. The prison houses rape-accused Asaram Bapu, Bhanwari Devi murder accused Malkhan Singh Vishnoi and Shambhu Lal Regar, arrested for killing a Muslim and blatantly filming the act. (Salman Khan Bail Hearing LIVE)
This was Salman’s fourth stint in the Jodhpur Central Jail. Earlier, he had spent 18 days in the jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007, all for cases of poaching. Other accused in the case – Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam – were acquitted in the case after the court gave them benefit of doubt.
About blackbuck poaching case:
Bollywood actor Salman Khan shot and killed the blackbucks, from the antelope family, in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998, while he was there for the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. “All his co-actors (Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam) were in a Gypsy that night with Salman in the driving seat. He spotted a herd of blackbucks and killed two of them,” Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had alleged.
The killing had angered the Bishnoi community which filed a complaint against the actor and a local involved in the hunting of the blackbucks. Final arguments of the case were completed on March 28 after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the hearing in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case for April 5.