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After 3 nights in jail, Sallu freed on bail

The Bollywood star was on Monday sentenced to five years in jail by a Jodhpur court in '98 poaching case. Pics

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 20:01 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Salman Khan, who was in a Jodhpur jail since early this week after being convicted of killing an endangered animal, was freed on bail on Thursday.

Salman, who was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for poaching a rare buck in a desert wildlife preserve in 1998, could be seen on televised news reports coming out of the prison wearing a white sleeveless T-shirt and a baseball cap.

He was surrounded by an escort of police officers who had to shove through a cluster of shouting reporters and TV cameras to a waiting car.

Salman was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 200,000 ($4,400) and two sureties of Rs 100,000 ($2,200) each.

The sureties require someone else to take responsibility if Khan jumps bail.

Salman, who says he is innocent, has been a heartthrob in scores of Hindi-language films for his portrayal of macho yet romantic characters who fight for love.

Officials say he has received the same treatment and eaten the same meals as other inmates since he was taken into custody.

He has faced several separate charges of poaching and illegal possession of weapons stemming from the incident, when he and several other people allegedly drove into the Thar desert to shoot deer while on a break from filming.

In February, another court sentenced Khan to a year in prison on a separate charge of poaching deer and buck. He has appealed that sentence.

Salman is also on trial in a separate case in Mumbai for a traffic accident that killed a man in 2002.

Three people were injured and one killed when Salman allegedly hit a group of people sleeping on a Mumbai sidewalk.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 09:33 IST