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Blackbuck Case Hearing: Salman Khan to Appear Again on 17 July

Fifty-two-year-old Khan reached Jodhpur on Sunday afternoon from Mumbai by a regular flight, a police official said.

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The Jodhpur District & Sessions Court has given out the next date of hearing as 17 July in the blackbuck poaching case. Actor Salman Khan was present at the Jodhpur District & Sessions Court for hearing on 7 May.

Salman Khan reached Jodhpur on Sunday, 6 May for the hearing of his application before a sessions judge challenging the trial court order sentencing him to a five-year jail term in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.

The application is listed for hearing on 7 May before Jodhpur District and Sessions Judge Chandra Kumar Songara, the actor's counsel Nishant Bora said.

Fifty-two-year-old Khan reached Jodhpur on Sunday afternoon from Mumbai by a regular flight, a police official said.

He is accompanied by his sister Alvira, bodyguard Shera and some others, he said.

Khan was driven straight from the airport to a five-star hotel, the official said. The actor will be present in the court during the hearing of his appeal, his counsel added.

Khan was released from the Jodhpur jail, where he spent two nights, on 7 April, after then-District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi granted him bail in the case.

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In a late evening order on 6 April, Joshi was transferred to Sirohi as part of a reshuffle carried out by the Rajasthan High Court. He was replaced by Songara.

In his order granting bail, Joshi had allowed Khan's application for suspension of sentence, for a month later, against his conviction.

The judge had asked the actor to appear before the court after a month on 7 May when it would hear his plea for suspension of sentence. He also directed Khan not to leave the country without the court's permission.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had on 5 April sentenced Khan to five years in prison, for killing two blackbucks during the shooting of "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of 1 October, 1998.

The trial court had acquitted his Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, giving them the "benefit of doubt" for the incident.

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