Salman to spend another night in jail, bail hearing to resume on Saturday
A local court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Friday adjourned Bollywood star Salman Khan’s bail hearing in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case to Saturday and summoned the record of the trial from the lower court, his lawyers said.
Khan, lodged in Jodhpur Central jail after being handed a five-year imprisonment for poaching the two blackbucks at Kankani village, has also challenged the chief judicial magistrate court’s verdict and sought suspension of the sentence.
District and sessions court judge Ravindra Joshi listed his bail plea for a hearing on Saturday after the 52-year-old actor’s counsel moved an application that included 54 grounds challenging the lower court’s verdict.
“We told the court that the trial court has ignored many facts in its decision,” Khan’s counsel Mahesh Bora said.
Bora said Khan has fulfilled all the orders of the court, so his sentence should be suspended and he should be granted bail.
A copy of Khan’s application under section 389 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was handed over to public prosecutor Pokarram Bishnoi on the court’s direction.
Public prosecutor Bishnoi told the court that the trial court’s records should be summoned before deciding on the suspension of the sentence.
Khan was sentenced to five years in jail and fined Rs 10, 000 after a local court in Jodhpur convicted him for the killing of two blackbucks, an endangered species of antelope, in Kankani village in October 1998.
The Dabangg actor slept on four blankets on the floor in his barrack, which has two ceiling fans, in the Jodhpur Central Jail after being sentenced in the poaching case on Thursday.
The actor was lodged in the barrack next to rape accused self-styled “godman” Asaram Bapu’s and jail officials said the two exchanged pleasantries on Thursday before going retiring for the night.
This is the fourth time Khan is spending time in the Jodhpur Central Jail.