After three nights in jail, Salman Khan gets bail

The Bollywood star who was sent to jail by a Jodhpur court in the '98 poaching case, will be set free by this evening.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 14:52 IST

After spending three days in the central jail in Jodhpur for killing an endangered animal, Salman Khan on Thursday secured bail from a local court.

The 40-year-old actor, who was sent to jail after being sentenced to five years' imprisonment for killing a Chinkara in September 1998, was given bail by district and session judge GS Surana.

The judge directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each while granting him bail.

A large number of Salman's fans and supporters, who had gathered outside the court since morning, reacted in jubilations when they heard about he being granted bail.

Police had a tough time controlling the crowd and had to resort to mild lathicharge.

Salman was not present in the court when the judge granted him bail after lengthy arguments from both prosecution and defence lawyers.

He had appeared before the court earlier in the day in connection with his appeal against another poaching case in which he has been sentenced to one year imprisonment.

The actor's brother Sohail Khan, sister Alivera, his friend and model-turned-actress Katrina Kaif, besides a number of Bollywood personalities including Govinda, David Dhawan and Sajiid Nadiadwala were present in the court.

His lawyers said that they would try to complete the formalities so that the actor is released from the jail by the evening.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 09:33 IST