Court grants bail to Salman Khan

Kelvin Reese
April 8, 2018

He will not be allowed to leave the country without approval of the court in future. Bishnoi community to move to Rajasthan High Court, against bail granted to Salman Khan, reports. Fans celebrating outside Jodhpur court after Salman Khan granted bail.

In a late night development, an order was issued to transfer Judge Joshi to Sirohi, as part of a reshuffle. Had the sentence been less than three years, he could have applied for bail in the same court.

Salman Khan leaves Jodhpur Central Jail.

It was then in 2012 that the bench of the Rajasthan High Court finalised the charges against all of the accused, paving the way for a trial, but it was to take another six years before the judgment was handed down.

Salman's case was presented in the sessions court on Friday by senior advocate Mahesh Bora, who came with a 51-page bail application.

Bollywood star Salman Khan got bail with a rider. However, Salman's lawyers argued that only the bones of the animals were sent for evaluation when their skins, as crucial, weren't.

The actor's sentencing was based on an accident where he killed two black Bucks, an endangered specie of Antelopes in 1998.

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Khan had denied shooting dead two rare antelopes known as blackbucks on a hunting trip while filming a movie in 1998.

Terming the decision in the actor's case "unusual", the NGO states that "these days, wildlife crime matters are commonly fast-tracked, bail is often denied, and offenders regularly receive seven-year prison sentences".

Salman Khan was found guilty April 5 of killing endangered Indian wildlife almost two decades ago, a prosecutor said.

In the numerous hearings over the years, the actor and his counsels insisted that he was being framed.

Reuters noted that the Indian film industry relies heavily on Khan's popularity for box office receipts. Salman Khan has also been accused of killing two chinkaras and a blackbuck in September 1998.

Khan's Dabangg co-actor Sonu Sood tweeted, "A Good deed is the best Prayer".

In an interview in 2009, Salman Khan had told NDTV that he had "saved the deer" and fed it biscuits. Singer Adnan Sami, who composed the music of Khan's "Lucky: No Time for Love", said, "So happy for the bail of my dear brother Salman Khan". The actor was also met by a legion of fans who gathered outside the court impatiently waiting for the decision on his plea.

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