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Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates: Actor gets emotional greeting fans from his home in Mumbai

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was Saturday released from the Jodhpur jail after being granted bail by a district and sessions court in Jodhpur in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.

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Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates: Actor gets emotional greeting fans from his home in Mumbai

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12:38 (ist)

When Salman Khan makes a mistake, it is 'blown out of proportion', says filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar

"Salman is one guy who is ready to take the rap. He is ready to take the rap, the blame (on himself). He is human at the end of the day. Who doesn't make a mistake? I definitely make a mistake. But when he makes a mistake, it is blown out of proportion," actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar told PTI.

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.

08:38 (ist)

Crucial witness failed to identify Tabu, Sonali Bendre in court, resulting in their acquittal

It was during a cross examination in the blackbuck poaching case trial that a crucial witness and complainant Poonamchand Bishnoi failed to identify Tabu and Sonali Bendre in court, that helped in the actors' acquittal on Thursday, reported The Times of India

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. 

08:16 (ist)

Salman Khan's family likely to meet him today

According to India Todaythe convicted actor's family will be allowed to meet him on Friday. His lawyers are free to meet him at anytime. 

08:13 (ist)

Blackbuck population in Rajasthan has grown in last 20 years

Since actor Salman Khan was booked for killing two blackbuck in 1998, the endangered species population in Rajasthan has increased substantially in the last 20 years, reported The Indian Express

In 2007, the total number of blackbuck in the state stood at 14,701; in 2016, the number rose to 30,530 in 2016, as per the wildlife census of the Rajasthan forest department. 

16:35 (ist)

Tight security measures in place around Salman's cell

As Salman entered Jodhpur Central Jail following the verdict a while ago, tight measures have been kept in place around the cell and the prison. As a Firstpost author says, "There is no bigger relief than to see convicts serve punishments they deserve. It not only establishes the rule of law, but also acts as a deterrent for society. If Khan manages to walk away again without serving his sentence, it would indeed be a travesty of justice."

16:04 (ist)

What actor's 5-year-jail sentence means for Bollywood

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.

15:28 (ist)

Bishnoi eyewitness nailed the actor

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.

15:08 (ist)

Warrant issued, Salman Khan on his way to Jodhpur jail: DCP East Jodhpur, Amandeep tells CNN-News18

​​Salman Khan is now on his way to Jodhpur jail, DCP East Jodhpur, Amandeep, informed CNN-News 18. Salman was taken into custody after the sentence was pronounced and he will undergo a medical examination. An arrest warrant was being processed for the actor, and reports state that he will be taken to Jodhpur Central Jail. 

13:04 (ist)

'Demand maximum punishment for Salman': Bishnoi Sanstha state chief Rampal Bhawad

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."

09:24 (ist)

'If found guilty, equal punishment for Saif, Neelam, Sonali'

Speaking to ANISaif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sanali Bendre's lawyer said: "If they are found guilty, then there is equal punishment for all. Maximum punishment will be for six years and minimum one year."

08:09 (ist)

Fan misbehaves with actor Tabu upon her arrival in Jodhpur 

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. 

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Apr 07, 2018 - 21:16 (IST)

Katrina Kaif visited Salman Khan's residence, Galaxy Apartments, after the actor returned from Jodhpur, reports Financial Express 

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:34 (IST)

Salman Khan waves to fans from his home in Mumbai, gets emotional while greeting fans  

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:21 (IST)

Visuals of Salman Khan reaching Galaxy Apartments

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:14 (IST)

Salman reaches Galaxy Apartments

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. 

Apr 07, 2018 - 20:11 (IST)

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." 

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:53 (IST)

Salman Khan's sister Arpita and Alvira and his bodyguard Shera accompany him as he makes his way home 

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:49 (IST)

Visuals of Salman Khan reaching Mumbai

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:45 (IST)

Salman Khan lands in Mumbai, reports India Today

Apr 07, 2018 - 19:12 (IST)

A slew of celebrities extend their wishes to Salman Khan after he got bail 

Apr 07, 2018 - 18:57 (IST)

Comedian Rajpal Yadav says he is 'relieved' to hear about Salman Khan being given bail

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.

Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates Actor gets emotional greeting fans from his home in Mumbai

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.

With inputs from agencies

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