Manjrekar and Salman have worked together in films such as Wanted, Dabangg, Ready and Jai Ho among others.
"Salman is more than a friend to me. I don't know what transpired (in the case), the courts are there to decide. But today if you ask me what is your wish, I would say he should be released tomorrow. He doesn't deserve to be in jail. From two days my wife is asking me what is going to happen, and I am like, he will be out soon," he added.
According to the report, defence counsel Shrikant Shivade produced Tabu and Sonali in court one day and asked Bishnoi to identify the two women. He couldn't do so. When the court asked Bishnoi why he couldn't identify them even though he named them in his complaint, he replied that their unassuming attire of white salwar-kameez confused him. This helped boost Shivade's case that Bishnoi was not at the site of the killing but 150 metres away from it. The defence also added it would have been impossible to recognise people in the vehicle's glare.
While Salman's immediate future isn't clear, what is certain is that Bollywood will suffer a dent in its economic activity when it pertains to projects the megastar is involved in. If the worst were to happen — meaning that Salman will have to serve his jail tenure — then it would be another blow to an industry that is already suffering under piracy, streaming services, and Hollywood superheroes. Salman now has four films lined up — namely, Race 3, Bharat, Kick 2 and Dabangg 3 — and a TV game show, Dus Ka Dum.
While Bharat, Kick 2, and Dabangg 3 are yet to go on the floors, Race 3 is on the verge of completion and only a small part of the shooting remains. The absence of Salman from the horizon of Bollywood for a period is bound to spell disaster for single screen theatres which look forward eagerly to his every release.
The Bishnoi community continued the fight for 20 years and are celebrating the verdict. The perseverance and determination for the fight stems from the fact that the black buck is an integral part of the Bishnoi culture. While many may criticise the verdict as the court trying to set a strong precedence, the Bishnoi Sabha, which has been the primary complainant in this case, has also decided to appeal against the acquittal of the other four actors. The Bishnois, a prosperous and influential group residing primarily in Rajasthan, are unwilling to forget and forgive Salman for his alleged crimes, especially his acquittal in the chinkara poaching case.
Speaking to ANI, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha state chief Rampal Bhawad said: "We'll analyse the judgement. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted and we also demand maximum punishment for Salman Khan."
According to a report, a fan forcibly made his way into the security guards' circle and misbehaved with the actor. The bouncers, however, immediately pushed him back, steering him clear off Tabu's way. No official complaint has been filed yet.
Katrina Kaif visited Salman Khan's residence, Galaxy Apartments, after the actor returned from Jodhpur, reports Financial Express
Salman Khan waves to fans from his home in Mumbai, gets emotional while greeting fans
Salman Khan addresses fans from his residence after being released from the Jodhpur jail on Saturday. He is accompanied by his mother Salma, father Salim and sister Arpita's son Ahil. #SalmanGetsBailpic.twitter.com/8LCwkNk6ua
Salman Khan reaches Galaxy Apartments, reports India Today. The report adds that his younger brother Sohail Khan had accompanied Salman in his car on his way home. Fans crowded the area and began bursting crackers as the actor reached his house.
PETA condemns Salman Khan being granted bail in blackbuck poaching case
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has condemned the decision of a Jodhpur Court to grant bail to actor Salman Khan in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, reports ANI.
"While Salman Khan gets to go back home to his movie star life for now, blackbucks were made to pay the highest price, with their lives," PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate said in a statement.
Terming the decision in the actor's case "unusual," the NGO states that "these days, wildlife crime matters are commonly fast-tracked, bail is often denied, and offenders regularly receive seven-year prison sentences."
Salman Khan's sister Arpita and Alvira and his bodyguard Shera accompany him as he makes his way home
Chronology of blackbuck poaching case in which Salman Khan was granted bail:
1-2 October, 1998: Poaching of two blackbucks in Kankani. Forest department registers a complaint on 2 October.
Accused in the case: 7 (Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelma, Tabu, Dushyant Singh and Dinesh Gawre).
Eyewitnesses: 4 (Chhogaram, Poonam Chand, Sheraram and Mangilal).
9 November, 2000: Cognisance and registration of case before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM).
19 February, 2006: Following arguments, charges framed against all accused. Repeated revision petitions, first by the defence in sessions court and then by the prosecution in high court, hold up the trial for seven years.
23 March, 2013: Trial court frames revised charges against all accused.
23 May, 2013: Trial begins in CJM court. Total prosecution witnesses deposed before court during trial: 28
13 January, 2017: Deposition completes in the trial court.
27 January, 2017: All accused appear in court to record statements.
13 September, 2017:Prosecution begins final arguments in trial court.
28 October, 2017: Defence begins final arguments.
24 March, 2018: Trial court completes final arguments.
28 March, 2018: Trial court reserves order.
5 April, 2018: Order pronounced.
7 April, 2018: Salman Khan granted bail in blackbuck poaching case; he was sentenced to five years in jail. —PTI
Bishnoi Tiger Force president expresses disappointment over blackbuck poaching case vedict
Rampal Bhawad, state president of Bishnoi Tiger Force, said they are disappointed with the decision of the court to grant bail to Salman Khan and said they planned to challenge it in the high court.
The Bishnoi Samaj had registered the complaint against Salman for killing the two blackbucks 20 years back as they consider the blackbuck to be the reincarnation of their religious Guru Bhagwan Jambeshwar, also known as Jambaji.
Salman Khan will also have to appear in the court on 7 May — exactly a month after his bail, said a defence counsel. —IANS
Visuals of Salman Khan's supporters gathering outside Jodhpur Court to celebrate his bail. PTI
Visuals of #SalmanKhan's supporters gathering outside #Jodhpur Court to celebrate his bail | PTI
Relatives of Jodhpur Central Jail prisoners say police isn't letting them meet their relatives inside jail where Salman Khan was lodged
Relatives of Jodhpur Central Jail prisoners say police isn't letting them meet their relatives inside jail. 'It's for the 1st time I'm unable to meet my husband',says a woman who'd come to meet her husband in jail. #SalmanKhan who was lodged in same jail would be released shortly pic.twitter.com/jlGhdgoEkT
"Procedure at the jail premises is over. We are arranging security at the airport and security in transit. Once that is done, we will move him," Amandeep Singh Kapoor, DCP (East) Jodhpur on Salman Khan's release
Procedure at the jail premises is over. We are arranging security at the airport and security in transit. Once that is done, we will move him: Amandeep Singh Kapoor, DCP (East) Jodhpur on #SalmanKhanpic.twitter.com/juiSRYPXgM
Anees Bazmee says he wants Salman Khan to be 'free at the earliest'
Director Anees Bazmee, who has worked with Salman Khan on "No Entry", hopes the "Sultan" star will soon be out of this case. "I am very very happy. He is a family, a very dear friend so I wanted me to be free at the earliest from all this. At the same time, we have to follow the law of the land. We are hopeful the higher court will look at things properly and he will be out of this soon," he said to PTI.
Salman Khan's release order has been prepared in court, the order is likely to reach Jodhpur Central Jail by about 5.30, reports News18
Here are other Bollywood personalities who brushed with the law
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, slapped with a five-year jail term for the Rajasthan blackbuck killing case — and now given bail — is one in a long list of film personalities who have had a serious brush with the law, grabbing headlines over the years.
Immediately prior to this, his friend and another "bhai" Sanjay Dutt virtually created history by becoming the first major film personality to be convicted and also one to complete his full jail sentence. Dutt was sentenced to five years by the Supreme Court for illegal possession of weapons after the bloody Mumbai communal carnage of Decemebr 1992-Januarry 1993 and its fallout in the form of the 12 March 1993 serial bomb blasts, India's biggest terror strike till date which left 257 dead.
In June 2009, Bollywood was shocked when actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested on charges of raping his maid-servant.
Actor Sooraj Pancholi, son of Bollywood actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab is embroiled in a case of abetment of suicide of British-American actress Jiah Khan, who was found dead at home in June 2013. The matter is in the courts.
Much deserved relief for Salman Khan and his family, actor Aftab Shivdasani on Salman Khan being granted bail
So happy for @BeingSalmanKhan finally, much deserved relief for him and his family. Can’t keep a good man down for long. Hope justice prevails in the case as i have full faith in the judicial system. 🙏🏼 #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan
Salman Khan to appear before court on 7 May to hear plea for suspension of sentence
District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi has asked actor Salman Khan to appear before the court on 7 May, when it will hear his plea for suspension of sentence, reports PTI
Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar expresses relief at Salman Khan being granted bail, says his 'heart bleeds for humanity'
Shoaib Akhtar had esrlier been upset that his "friend" Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison in a case of poaching blackbucks. He found the punishment harsh but said that people must respect the decision of honourable court of India.
Finally Salman gets a relief from honourable court I wish 1 day in my life time i get a news of Kashmir Palestine Yemen Afghanistan & all the troubled area of the world are free bcoz my heart bleeds for humanity & loss of innocent life ..
No chartered flight booked to fly Salman Khan out of Jodhpur yet
According to News18, no chartered flight has been booked to fly Salman Khan out of the city, following the actor being granted bail by the Jodhpur Sessions Court. The last commercial flight departs from Jodhpur at 5 pm.
Salman Khan's "Dabangg" co-actor Sonu Sood tweets, "A good deed is the best prayer. Welcome brother Salman Khan."
Race 3 crew rejoices bail being given to Salman Khan
Director of Salman's upcoming film "Race 3", Remo D'Souza, told PTI, "I am happy that he has got bail. After working with him so closely I have become a huge fan of him not only as an actor but also as a human being. Almost 90 percent of the shoot for 'Race 3' is over and the remaining portions will mostly be shot in India."
Producer of "Race 3" Ramesh Taurani said he is "happy" that the actor has come out of jail. "For us, Salman coming of this was more important. Our prayers have been answered. The shooting of 'Race 3' is almost over, a romantic song is left, which will feature Salman and Jacqueline Fernandez." —PTI
Singer Mika Singh conveys his wishes to Salman Khan, says he will dedicate two songs to his 'big brother' at Indian Premier League
"Good deeds will always pay:" Director Subhash Ghai on Salman Khan being granted bail
Thanx God 🙏🏽 देर हैं अंधेर नहीं। Good deeds will always pay @BeingSalmanKhan a full justice finally. He has already been punished mentally for 20 years for his big mistakes n still waiting for justice. God bless u salman @beinghuman🙏🏽
Rebel Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla says he is 'disappointed' system can never be used this efficiently by poor man to get bail fast
Salman Khan gets bail...disappointed that the system can never be used this efficiently by a poor man to get bail in 48hrs! Big bucks buy u the lawyers u need.. chalo atleast those communalising Salman's conviction by saying a "Minority got convicted" will eat their words..
Filing Salman Khan's bail bond and his release likely to wrap up around 7.30 pm
Senior lawyer Bharat Bhusan Sharma tells NDTV that Salman Khan can be released after the bail order reaches jail authorities. Sharma adds that it takes about 20 minutes to fill a bail bond and an hour to process the same, following which the actor can be released. Sharma estimates that considering the process, Khan could be released around 7.30 pm.
Visuals of Salman Khan fans celebrating outside the actor's residence
When it comes to bail, not all prisoners are as lucky as Salman Khan
Infographic by Network18creative
Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer of Bishnoi community, tells ANI that Salman Khan will have to submit two bonds of Rs 25 thousand each
He will have to submit two bonds of Rs 25 thousand each, he cannot leave the nation without the court's permission and will have to appear here again in person on May 7: Mahipal Bishnoi, Lawyer of Bishnoi community. #BlackBuckPaochingCasepic.twitter.com/zPoAvtSL1W
Bishnoi community to approach Rajasthan High Court, next hearing for blackbuck poaching case on 7 May
The Bishnoi community will be approaching the Rajasthan High Court against bail granted to Salman Khan, reports India Today. Mahipal Bishnoi, the Bishnoi community's lawyer said to News18 that the 52-year-old actor cannot leave the country without the court's permission. Khan will also have to be present on 7 May for the next hearing in the blackbuck poaching case, the report adds.
Recap from Saturday: Salman Khan granted bail by Jodhpur Court
Actor Salman Khan was on Saturday granted bail by a district and sessions court in Jodhpur in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he has been sentenced to five years in jail.
District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi heard the arguments of prosecution and defence which lasted for about an hour and pronounced the order at around 3 pm, a defence counsel said.
Khan's sisters — Alvira and Arpita — were present during the hearing. The actor had spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail after his sentencing on Thursday.
The actor was convicted by a trial court and sentenced to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks during the shooting of "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in Jodhpur. — PTI
Celebrations outside Jodhpur court after Salman Khan granted bail
Actor Salman Khan is likely to leave jail by 4.15 pm, reports News18. The report also expands on the details of Salman's bail plea. The actor was released on a personal bond of Rs 50,000. The suspension of his sentence has been allowed, pending a decision on the appeal filed by Salman's legal team.
Salman Khan granted bail by Jodhpur Court on surety of Rs 50,000, reports News18
Actor Sonu Sood extends his support to Salman Khan
Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates: Actor Salman Khan was on Saturday granted bail by a district and sessions court in Jodhpur in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he has been sentenced to five years in jail.
Immediately after his release, Khan, 52, was driven under police escort to the airport in Jodhpur, a police official said. Khan walked out of the jail after the prison authorities received the court papers granting him bail, the official said. Khan is now en route Mumbai.
District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi heard the arguments of prosecution and defence which lasted for about an hour and pronounced the order at around 3 pm, a defence counsel said. Khan's sisters — Alvira and Arpita — were present during the hearing. The actor had spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail after his sentencing on Thursday.
The actor was convicted by a trial court and sentenced to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks during the shooting of "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in Jodhpur.
Salman Khan granted bail by Jodhpur Court on surety of Rs 50,000, reports News18.
As per latest reports, the bail plea order pronouncement has now been pushed to 3 pm. Earlier on Saturday, both prosecution and defense arguments were concluded in the Jodhpur court, before the judge said he would reserve the order till after lunch.
The Jodhpur Sessions Court is likely to pronounce actor Salman Khan's bail plea order by 3 pm. Earlier on Saturday, both prosecution and defense arguments were concluded, before the judge announced he would reserve the order till after lunch. The actor has already spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail since he was convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on Thursday.
The prosecution on Saturday argued that Salman Khan's bail plea application should be rejected on the basis of eyewitness accounts, which they said proves the actor's guilt in killing two blackbucks in October 1998. The defense counsel, on the hand, argued that the eyewitness accounts are not true and filled with several discrepancies.
Day two of actor Salman Khan's bail plea hearing has begun on Saturday morning with Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi to continue preside over the court proceedings.
District and Sessions judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi will be hearing Salman Khan's's bail plea on Saturday. The routine transfer of judges will not impact the bail plea, say reports.
Ahead of Salman Khan's bail hearing on Saturday, Sessions judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi was transferred overnight, along with 87 other district judges. He has been transferred from Jodhpur to Siroh. According to NDTV, he will be replaced by Chandra Kumar Songara, district and sessions judge of Bhilwara.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan spent another night in a prison in Jodhpur after a court on Friday decided to reserve its order on his bail plea until Saturday.
The actor, who was on Thursday convicted by a trial court and sentenced to five years in prison in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case, spent a second night in the Jodhpur Central Jail.
File image of Salman Khan at the Jodhpur court. PTI
The district and sessions court heard arguments on the suspension of sentence and bail application before deferring the matter till Saturday.
The defence and prosecution will present their arguments at 10.30 am on Saturday.
The magistrate Ravindra Kumar Joshi also sought the record of the case from the lower court.
In his arguments, defence counsel Mahesh Bora said there were various loopholes in the investigation. He argued that no investigation in any of the cases of poaching proved that Salman used firearms.
"We have argued that the eyewitness in the case was not reliable," Bora said, adding, "It was never proved that he had firearms. Even the pellets recovered from him did not corroborate the story of the prosecution. Also, the first post-mortem report was completely dumped."
"Besides this, he (Salman Khan) has been acquitted in all the other cases of poaching on the basis of the prosecution's failure to prove the allegations and in such a condition, his sentence should be suspended," he argued.
But objecting to the defence counsel's arguments, public prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi urged the court to seek the record of the case from the trial court and go through it.
He argued that this was the only case where an eyewitness was available and the prosecution has succeeded in proving the crime beyond any doubt.
The actor is alleged to have shot and killed blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of 1 October, 1998 during the shooting of the film "Hum Saath Saath Hain".
While convicting Salman, the trial court acquitted his Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, giving them the "benefit of doubt" for the incident in October 1998.
Meanwhile, the Bollywood star's sisters, Alvira and Arpita, met him in the jail. Later, Preity Zinta, who has acted with Salman Khan in several films, also paid him a visit.
According to jail superintendent Vikram Singh, Zinta visited Salman Khan in the afternoon. A meeting was arranged in the visitor's room, where they had a chat for about half an hour.