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Salman Khan to spend night in jail as his bail plea will be heard tomorrow

SNS | New Delhi |

After being sentenced to five-year jail by a trial court in Jodhpur, Salman Khan will have to spend at least a night in jail as his bail application will come up for hearing on Friday.

Earlier, a Jodhpur court on Thursday sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five years of imprisonment in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while the other four co-accused stars — Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam — were acquitted of all charges.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Salman Khan will spend his time in a barrack next to self-styled godman Asaram in the security ward of Jodhpur Central jail. Asaram is facing trial in rape cases.

The HT reports further added the security ward has only two barracks which are occupied by prisoners, who need to be kept away from convicts.

Salman was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 for killing two blackbucks, hunting of which is prohibited by law. The incident took place in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Bollywood film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

The trial of the case was in progress for the last 19 years and the judge in a court had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.

Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation.


(With agency inputs)