Salman Khan granted bail in poaching case
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Salman Khan granted bail in poaching case

In his bail plea, the actor stated that there was no evidence against him in the chinkara poaching case.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2007 18:26 IST

Bollywood star Salman Khan was released on bail on Friday after spending a week in jail in a poaching case.

"The court accepted Salman Khan's plea (for bail)," counsel Dipesh Mehta told reporters after a two-hour hearing by judge HR Panwar of the Jodhpur bench of the Rajasthan High Court.

"The court has directed Salman to furnish a bond of Rs 100,000 and two sureties of like amount," Mehta added.

<b1>The actor has been asked to present himself in court on October 24.

"We had full faith in judiciary and finally we have been proven right," Hastimal Saraswat, another Salman counsel, said.

Salman's sister Alvira was present in the court, flipping through a book as the arguments were taking place. As soon as the judgement was pronounced, tears of joy came into her eyes.

The macho actor was in central jail since Saturday after he had surrendered to the Rajasthan Police.

The actor was handed a five-year jail term under the Wildlife Protection Act last April for killing an endangered chinkara deer at the Ghoda farm near Jodhpur on the night of Sep 28, 1998 while filming Sooraj Barjatya's blockbuster Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Judge Panwar had on Thursday had sought records from the lower court on the actor's sentencing.

<b2>In his bail plea, Salman stated that there was no evidence against him in the case. His driver Harish Dulani's testimony in the court was not trustworthy since he had been frequently changing his statements. This apart, the defence lawyers were not given a chance to cross-examine Dulani.

On Aug 24, the district and sessions court here had dismissed the actor's plea against the jail term.

Interestingly, for the last 30-odd years, lawyers here have been staying away from court on the last working day of every month to protest the shifting of the main bench of the Rajasthan High Court to Jaipur.

However, the lawyers were given special permission by the lawyers association to attend court on Friday.

First Published: Aug 31, 2007 13:37 IST