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Shikari Salman prays for miracle

His lawyer Mehta is positive that like in the first case, Salman would be let off on bail in the second case as well.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Actor Salman Khan's mother Salma Khan was rushed to Lilavati Hospital on Monday evening around 6.30 pm, after hearing of the five-year prison sentence handed to her son.

Son Sohail Khan said, "She was complaining of acute anxiety, chest pain and vomiting." Sohail told media persons outside Lilavati that the "family is very upset. We are going through a lot of hardship. We are very upset. It is unfair that my mother has to go through so much at this age."

A steady flow of celebrities visited Salma Khan since evening. Among them were Helen, Amrita Arora, Bunty Walia and Karishma Kapoor.

The actor's lawyers are readying for the next phase of the legal battle to get him out of bars. Two sentences in one month and two more cases pending before the Jodhpur court has been the Bollywood actor's story so far.

After he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for hunting and killing a chinkara on September 28-29, 1998, in the Ghora farm poaching case in the Mathania region of Rajasthan, and immediately taken into custody, his lawyers were busy preparing to file an appeal against the sentence.

His lawyer Dipesh Mehta said that they would file an appeal against the sentence before the Jodhpur sessions court on Wednesday. "We have to wait as the courts are closed on Tuesday," said Mehta.

But till then, Salman would have to spend time in jail as he was immediately taken into custody after his conviction by the magistrate. The two other cases against Salman in Jodhpur relate to the killing of another chinkara at Bhavath near Jodhpur and the killing of two black bucks on October 1, 1998, at Kakani near Jodhpur.

Mehta is positive that like in the first case, Salman would be released on bail in the second case as well on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Salman's father Salim Khan, brother Arbaz Khan and friend Katrina Kaif could not reach Jodhpur to meet the star in jail on Monday evening. The aircraft that they were travelling by was cancelled in Udaipur due to a technical snag. The three are reaching Jodhpur by road on Tuesday morning now.

The three had taken an Indian Airlines flight from Bombay. The flight was expected to arrive in Jodhpur at 5.30 pm, but a technical problem made IA authorities cancel the Bombay-Delhi flight at Udaipur.

First Published: Apr 11, 2006 01:22 IST