Jodhpur, April 7: Salman Khan would soon walk free after a Jodhpur court granted him bail today in the Blackbuck poaching case of 1998 with two bonds of Rs 50,000 each. He will perhaps be released in the evening after the court order reaches the Jodhpur Central Jail.
Hearing Khan’s bail plea on Friday, Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had reserved his judgment until Saturday.
In a late night development, Joshi had been transferred to Sirohi along with 87 other judges on a routine transfer exercise done in April and there was speculation whether there will be hearing of Salman’s bail plea today.
On Thursday, the court had convicted the Bollywood star for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, 19 years ago while shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain, and sentenced him to five years in jail.
Salman’s case presented by senior advocate Mahesh Bora, came along with a 51-page bail application. He said the witnesses’ statement should not be trusted in the case and argued that the actor should be given the benefit of the doubt. He also queried why only Salman Khan had been convicted and all other co-accused acquitted.
The Bollywood actors accused in this case allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain.