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Salman Khan to spend one more day in jail, court reserves bail order

Following his conviction, the Bollywood actor spent a day in prison in Jodhpur Central Jail. He was housed in one of the cells as Qaidi No. 106.  

SNS | New Delhi |

The order on Salman Khan’s bail plea was reserved by a sessions court after the arguments in favour and against the bail were concluded on Friday. The court will pronounce the judgment on Saturday.

This means Salman Khan will have to spend another day in jail.

Khan was convicted in the blackbuck poaching case by a lower court on Thursday. He was sentenced to five-year imprisonment for killing two blackbucks on 2 October 1998 at a village near Jodhpur.

Following his conviction, the Bollywood actor spent a day in the Jodhpur Central Jail. He was housed in one of the cells as “Qaidi No. 106”.

Khan, who has been sentenced to five years imprisonment, was served jail food which consisted of dal-roti. Reports say that the actor did not eat the food.

Jail authorities had said Khan would be treated as a normal prisoner and not a ‘celebrity inmate’. His cell had a cooler, a rug and a wooden bed.

His family members, including sisters Arpita and Alvira, have been in Jodhpur since Wednesday to be with Khan.

On Thursday, Khan was convicted by a court in Jodhpur in connection with the killing of a blackbuck on 2 October 1998 at Kankani village in Jodhpur. He has also been fined an amount of Rs 10,000.

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Demanding maximum punishment in the case under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, the prosecution had argued that Khan was a repeat offender. The actor’s counsel pleaded in the chief judicial magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) court for minimum punishment citing his “social work”.

Khan was found guilty under Section 51 of the Act while he was in Jodhpur during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu, who were the co-accused in the case, were acquitted.

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The five Bollywood actors had reached Jodhpur on Wednesday night to attend the hearing on Thursday in the court of chief judicial magistrate (Jodhpur Rural), which put a closure, for the time being, on the case that was on for 20 years.

On 28 March, Judge Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the order after the final arguments were heard.

The actor was earlier sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted in 2006 in one of the two cases related to the killing of Chinkara deer. He had spent a week in jail before his sentence was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court.

The Rajasthan government has challenged his acquittal in the Chinkara deer case in the Supreme Court.

Charges against the actor under the Arms Act for possession of an unlicensed gun were dropped.

For the past 20 years, the witnesses from the Bishnoi community – which reveres the blackbuck – have maintained that Salman killed the two blackbucks.