Salman Khan Reaches Mumbai After Being Released from Jodhpur Jail
Bollywood actor Salman Khan at Jodhpur airport after he was granted bail in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case on 7 April. 
Bollywood actor Salman Khan at Jodhpur airport after he was granted bail in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case on 7 April. (Photo: PTI)

Salman Khan Reaches Mumbai After Being Released from Jodhpur Jail

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Jodhpur Court to Pronounce Verdict on Thursday

A Jodhpur court will pronounce its verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case against actor Salman Khan and others on Thursday.

Final arguments of the case were completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment.

Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of 1-2 October, 1998, during the shooting of “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

Salman Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

“All of them were in a Gypsy car that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat. He, on spotting a herd of blackbucks, shot and killed two of them,” Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had said.

“But on being spotted and chased, they fled from the spot, leaving the dead animals there," he said, adding that there was adequate evidence against them.

Refuting these allegations, Salman Khan's counsel Hastimal Saraswat said there were several loopholes in the prosecution's story and it had failed to prove its case beyond any doubt.

(With PTI and ANI inputs)

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Salman, Saif, Sonali and Tabu Reach Jodhpur Ahead of Verdict

Ahead of the verdict by a Jodhpur court in the blackbuck poaching case, Bollywood actors Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu left for the Rajasthan city from Mumbai on Wednesday morning.

The three actors did not speak to the media waiting outside the Mumbai airport as they left.

Salman Khan, meanwhile, arrived in Mumbai in the early hours of Wednesday from Abu Dhabi where he has been shooting for Race 3. He reached Jodhpur later the same day.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan reached Mumbai after he was released from the Jodhpur Central jail on Saturday, 7 April. Earlier in the day, the District and Sessions Court (Jodhpur Rural) Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi granted him bail in the blackbuck poaching case.

On 5 April, Khan was sentenced to a five-year jail term by a Jodhpur trial court.

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  • The actor, who spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central jail, was granted bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of like amount
  • On Friday, the District and Sessions court had reserved the order on Salman Khan’s bail plea till Saturday
  • The actor was convicted by a trial court under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
  • He had also been fined Rs 10,000 by the Jodhpur trial court
  • All the other accused in the case – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam – were let off

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'Sheesha Upar Karo, Reverse Kar Lo, Warna Padegi Ek': Saif to Driver

Upon reaching Jodhpur on Wednesday, Saif Ali Khan was seen telling his driver to quickly leave the airport premises, in a bid to avoid the media outside the airport.

In an ANI video, Saif is seen telling his driver, “sheesha upar karo aur reverse kar lo warna padegi ek (pull up the window and reverse the car or you will get one)”, when he was being asked questions by reporters.

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Judge Arrives in Jodhpur Court

Trial court judge Dev Kumar Khatri, who will deliver the verdict, has arrived in the Jodhpur court.

Heavy Security Cover Outside Court

Ahead of the blackbuck poaching case verdict, heavy police cover was deployed outside the Jodhpur court. The lawyer of the actors told ANI that if found guilty, the accused could get sentenced to maximum six years or a minimum one year in jail.

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Salman Khan Heads to The Court

Actor Salman Khan has left for the Jodhpur court where the verdict in the 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case will be pronounced shortly.

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Salman Khan Arrives at Court

Actor Salman Khan has reached the Jodhpur trial court. The verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case to be out soon.

Salman’s co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam have also reached the court.

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Salman Khan Convicted in Poaching Case, Others Acquitted

The Jodhpur court has convicted Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The other accused – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam – have been acquitted by the court.

The quantum of punishment for Salman Khan will be announced shortly.

Salman has been held guilty of killing two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur in October 1998 during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.

Salman Khan's Lawyer Argues For Lesser Punishment

The argument on the quantum of punishment for actor Salman Khan is currently underway at the Jodhpur trial court.

Salman Khan Convicted: A Quick Guide to Understand The Verdict

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Salman Khan Sent to Jail for Five Years

A trial court in Jodhpur has sentenced Salman Khan to five years in jail in the 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has also been levied on him, ANI reported.

Salman was taken to Jodhpur Central jail in police vehicle, PTI reported.

Jodhpur: Bollywood actor Salman Khan at the court.
Jodhpur: Bollywood actor Salman Khan at the court.
(Photo: PTI)
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Salman Khan's Bail Plea to be Heard Tomorrow

Media reports state that Salman’s lawyers have moved the sessions court for a bail plea, which will most likely be heard at 10.30 am on Friday.

'Salman Should be Given Relief': Jaya Bachchan

Veteran actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan said urged that Salman Khan be given relief in the blackbuck poaching case, citing his humanitarian work.

Speaking to ANI, Bachchan said:

I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work.

'Happy For Us, But Disappointed for Salman': Neelam's Husband

Actor Samir Soni, who is also Neelam’s husband, said that while they were happy given the acquittal of other accused in the case, they were also ‘disappointed’ with Salman Khan’s conviction.

Speaking to ANI, Soni said:

We are happy for us but we are disappointed for Salman Khan. Justice has not been given properly in this case. I am feeling bad for him.
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Salman Khan's Lawyer Issues Statement

Salman Khan's lawyer, Anand Desai issued a statement on behalf of the actor:

“We respect the decision of the Hon'ble Court. While we are studying the judgement it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by the Hon'ble High Court of Rajasthan in two cases, and even by the Hon'ble CJM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offence on the very same night as is the subject matter of the present case. Also, in the present case the Hon'ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon'ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today. The Hon'ble Sessions Court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence / bail at 10.30 tomorrow.”

'Salman Convicted Because He is Minority': Pak Foreign Minister

Pakistan Foreign Minister slammed Salman Khan’s conviction, alleging that the actor had been sentenced to five years jail term owing to his minority status.

In an interview to Pakistani publication Geo TV, Asif said “May be if he belonged to the religion of the ruling party of India he would not have been given such a harsh sentence and the court might have been lenient with him.”

Visuals from Jodhpur jail

Also Read : What Happens to Salman Khan After Conviction in Blackbuck Case?

Tight Security Outside Salman Khan's Cell

The DIG of the Jodhpur Jail, Vikram Singh, said that Salman Khan had been given multiple level security outside his jail cell. The actor- who is Qaidi number 106 - reportedly made no demands, and will be handed the jail uniform on Friday.

Speaking to ANI, Singh said:

Salman Khan has been given number 106 and is lodged in ward number 2. He was made to undergo medical test and has no medical issues. He hasn’t made any demands. We’ll give him jail uniform tomorrow. Multiple-layer security has been put up for his ward.

Judge Arrives in Court

The presiding judge has arrived at the court. Hearing is expected to begin shortly.

Salman Khan's family members are also present.

"Was Threatened to Not Appear For Bail Hearing"

Salman Khan’s counsel Mahesh Bora alleged that he received calls and messages threatening him to not appear for the bail hearing, reported ANI.

I got threatening texts and internet calls on Thursday, warning me not to appear for Salman Khan in the bail hearing today.
Mahesh Bora, Salman’s Counsel

Jodhpur Court Reserves Salman's Bail Plea

A Jodhpur Court, which was hearing Salman Khan’s bail plea in the blackbuck case, reserved its order till Saturday, 7 April.

Judge Hearing Salman Khan's Bail Plea Transferred

District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who was supposed to pronounce order on Salman Khan's application for bail and suspension of sentence in 1998 black buck poaching case, has been transferred as part of a reshuffle.

In a late night development, Joshi has been transferred to Sirohi, as per an order of the Rajasthan High Court. Chandra Kumar Songara will be replacing him in Jodhpur's sessions court.

Joshi is among 134 judges transferred by the Registrar General of the High Court.

“The chances are feeble of the departing judge proceeding further in the matter,” one of the prosecution counsels Mahipal Bishnoi said.

But according to legal experts, the sitting judge has a time of seven days to get himself relieved and if he does so, the judge can proceed with the decision on Khan’s application on Saturday itself.

"If he refuses to decide the application, the defence could seek refuge of the link court which is the ADJ court,” Bishnoi said.

In another development, Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, who had sentenced Khan to five years in jail, has also been replaced by another magistrate. Khatri has been put on awaiting posting orders.

Judge Joshi Arrives in Jodhpur Court

District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi arrived at the Jodhpur court on Saturday morning. He is now hearing Salman Khan's bail plea in the blackbuck poaching case.

District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
(Photo: ANI)

Salman Khan's Bail Order to be Pronounced After Lunch

District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who heard Salman Khan’s bail plea on Saturday morning in the blackbuck poaching case, will pronounce the order after lunch. The actor’s lawyer informed the media that the arguments had been concluded.

The verdict will be pronounced post-lunch. We have concluded our arguments.
Hastimal Saraswat, Salman Khan’s lawyer
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Salman to Walk Out of Jail

Salman Khan is set to be released from the Jodhpur Central Jail today after District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi granted him bail against Rs 50,000 surety in the blackbuck poaching case.

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Salman Khan Will Have to Produce Two Bonds Worth Rs 25,000 Each

Salman Khan will have to produce two bonds worth Rs 25,000 each, Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer representing the Bishnoi community, told the media after the actor was granted bail.

He cannot leave the country without the court’s permission, and will have to appear here (at the court) again in person on 7 May.
Mahipal Bishnoi, lawyer for Bishnoi community

Salman Khan’s Fans Celebrate After the Court's Verdict

Immediately after a Jodhpur court granted Salman Khan bail in the blackbuck poaching case, many of his fans celebrated outside his Mumbai residence.

Salman Khan’s fans celebrating in Mumbai. 
Salman Khan’s fans celebrating in Mumbai. 
(Photo Courtesy: ANI)

Saba and Farah, the conjoined twins hailing from Patna who call themselves the rakhi sisters of Salman Khan, also celebrated after the court’s verdict.

(Photo Courtesy: ANI)
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Salman Khan Walks Free After Getting Bail

Salman Khan was released from the Jodhpur Central Jail just hours after a court granted him bail in the blackbuck poaching case. He is on his way to the Jodhpur airport and would be reaching Mumbai at night.

Earlier, the DCP (East) of Jodhpur told the media:

(Photo Courtesy: ANI)
The procedure at the jail premises is over. We are arranging security at the airport and the security in transit. Once that is done, we will move him.
Amandeep Singh Kapoor, DCP (East), Jodhpur

Salman Khan Reaches Jodhpur Airport, Will Reach Mumbai at Night

Salman Khan has reached the Jodhpur airport. According to CNN-News18, a chartered plane would be flying the Bollywood actor to Mumbai.

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Salman Khan Reaches Mumbai

Salman Khan reached Mumbai in a chartered plane on Saturday after being granted bail by a Jodhpur court in the blackbuck poaching case.

(Photo Courtesy: ANI)

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