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Salman Khan’s bail order expected soon, judge hearing case transferred

On Friday, Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had reserved the bail plea hearing in the blackbuck poaching case in which Salman has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2018 14:07 IST
Salman Khan is taken away from the court after he was sentenced to five years in jail in decades-old poaching case in Jodhpur on Thursday.
Salman Khan is taken away from the court after he was sentenced to five years in jail in decades-old poaching case in Jodhpur on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

The hearing on actor Salman Khan’s application for bail and suspension of sentence in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case has been completed and the order will be pronounced after lunch.

District and sessions judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi heard the arguments of prosecution and defence which lasted for about an hour, defence counsel Mahesh Bora said.

Khan’s sisters Alvira and Arpita were present during the hearing.

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In a late night development, Joshi was transferred to Sirohi as part of a reshuffle. However, a sitting judge has seven days to get himself relieved of cases, say legal experts.

Joshi is among 134 judges transferred by the Registrar General of the high court.

Judge Chandra Kumar Songara will be replacing Joshi in Jodhpur’s sessions court.

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The actor, who was on Thursday convicted by a trial court and sentenced to five years in prison in the blackbuck poaching case, has since spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail.

The sessions court Friday reserved its decision on Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s bail plea for Saturday and had called for the records of the case from the trial court.

The district and sessions court heard arguments on the suspension of sentence and bail application before deferring the matter till Saturday.

In another development, Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, who had sentenced Khan to five years in jail, has also been replaced by another magistrate. Khatri has been put on awaiting posting orders.