Jodhpur: Bollywood star Salman Khan released after spending two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail, on Saturday evening after the District and Sessions Judge Ravindra K Joshi granted him bail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
Jail authorities completed the formalities after receiving the release order within 30 minutes at 5.30 pm and released the 52-year-old convict by adopting the best security and quick measures.
Salman was wearing a round-neck black T-shirt, sporting a cap and black goggles as he left for the airport under unprecedented security. His sisters Arpita and Alvira, and two bodyguards, who were present in the court since April 5, accompanied him.
As per The Tribune report District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi heard the arguments of prosecution and defense which lasted over two hours from 10 am to 12 noon. The judge reserved the order to be pronounced after lunch, at 2 pm, but he again took one hour to grant bail to Salman Khan on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of Rs 25,000 each.
The sessions court had on Friday deferred its trial on Bollywood superstar’s bail plea for Saturday and called for the file of the case from the CJM court.
Salman would have to seek court’s permission if he has to go abroad, Public Prosecutor Pokar Ram Vishnoi told to media, adding the final arguments on appeal of suspension of conviction will be dealt now on the next date of May 7.
Defence lawyer Hastimal Saraswat argued that the trial court relied on just one eyewitness, whose claims are unreliable. The trial court relied on same set of corroborative evidences, which had been rejected by the high court.
Salman Khan was on Thursday convicted by Chief Judicial Magistrate Devkumar Khatri, and sentenced to five years in prison under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 for killing two blackbucks during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ at Kankani village of Jodhpur district. Five others: Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Dushyant Singh (driver) were acquitted on benefit of doubt.