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Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates: Actor to spend 2nd day in jail, bail hearing to resume tomorrow

A court on Thursday convicted superstar Salman Khan and sentenced him to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks, capping a 20-year case that began with a late night safari outside Jodhpur on the sidelines of a film shoot.

FP Staff April 06, 2018 12:48:00 IST
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Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates: Actor to spend 2nd day in jail, bail hearing to resume tomorrow

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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 convicted in blackbuck poaching case updates: Salman Khan's defense counsel reportedly argued that there were discrepancies in the key witnesses' statements. Following this, the public prosecutor argued that the defense should bring forth these documents. The judge then ordered the defense to produce the relevant documents in the Jodhpur court on Saturday.

The public prosecutor on Friday said that the saying that the bail plea order for Salman Khan has been reserved till Saturday is wrong, adding that the arguments are set to continue in the Jodhpur court on Saturday.

The bail plea order was reportedly deferred because Judge Ravinder Kumar Joshi asked for records from previous cases judged by the rural court and high court, the prosecutor told CNN-News18. The arguments will proceed on Saturday. However, it is uncertain till what time they will extend.

Actor Salman Khan will be spending a second night in the Jodhpur Central Jail on Friday after the court reserved its order on the bail plea for Saturday.

The Jodhpur court reserved its order on actor Salman Khan's bail plea till Saturday. According to reports, the arguments were brief. "The case has been argued. It has been posted for Saturday. We argued that the circumstances relied upon by the trial court were already discarded by the Rajasthan High Court," said Salman Khan's lawyer Mahesh Bora to reporters.

Actor Salman Khan's bail plea hearing, who was convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on Thursday, has begun inside the Jodhpur Sessions Court on Friday morning.

Actor Salman Khan's bail plea hearing is set to be taken up at 10.30 am on Friday in the Sessions Court in Jodhpur. The judge has reached the court premises. The actor's Bollywood colleagues are hopeful Salman will get to return to Mumbai on Friday itself.

Salman Khan's lawyer told the chief judicial magistrate in Jodhpur court that the eyewitness account was not reliable. Quoting excerpts from the defence lawyer's arguments, News18 reported that the lawyer told the court that the actor was paying the price for his celebrity status and that the five-year jail term for the actor was too harsh.

The chief judicial magistrate, who was hearing the black buck poaching case on Thursday, pointed out the fan following of the superstar, saying he is a "popular actor whose deeds are followed by people". "The accused is a popular actor whose deeds are followed by people. Despite this, the accused hunted two blackbucks," Khatri said in his written judgment. "...considering the rising number of cases of illegal hunting of wildlife animals, looking at the circumstances of the case and gravity of the offence, giving the benefit of Probation of Offender Act does not appear justified," the judge said.

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.

Jail superintendent Vikram Singh, while briefing the media on the celebrity inmate on Thursday, said Khan would be treated as a normal prisoner and no special treatment would be given to him. He will have a simple wooden bed, a rug and a cooler in his cell, Singh said. He added the actor was given dal-roti to eat. Sources, however, said the Bollywood icon did not eat the jail food.

A court on Thursday convicted superstar Salman Khan and sentenced him to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks, capping a 20-year case that began with a late night safari outside Jodhpur on the sidelines of a film shoot.

The Jodhpur 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. Besides attracting attention due to Salman's popularity, the case also caught the nation's imagination because it was the first time that five actors were involved in one single case.

"The accused is a popular actor whose deeds are followed by people. Despite this, the accused hunted two blackbucks," said Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri in his written judgment.

The verdict triggered a deluge of sympathy from colleagues for the "bad boy" of Hindi filmdom, whose career and personal life have been peppered with controversies, including a manslaughter charge in a hit-and-run case that is still pending.

"I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work," actor-politician Jaya Bachchan told reporters outside Parliament in New Delhi, adding that the punishment was harsh.

Since morning, media crews, hundreds of stargazers and security personnel swarmed the court premises waiting for Salman and the other accused to show up. Large crowds armed with phone cameras lined up along the two-kilometre route from the court as the 52-year-old was whisked away in a Bolero police jeep to spend a night in the Jodhpur Central Jail. Within hours, social media was awash with photographs of Salman, dressed in a black shirt and jeans, entering the jail.

Animal rights activists welcomed the sentencing, and some said Salman should have been given the maximum punishment under the Wildlife Act.

Salman Khan blackbuck poaching case updates Actor to spend 2nd day in jail bail hearing to resume tomorrow

Salman Khan is taken away from the court after he was awarded five years in jail in the blackbuck poaching case. PTI

"We are happy that justice has prevailed and a serial offender is behind bars. The judiciary has once again proved that the popularity of the accused has no bearing on the case before the court,"said Gauri Maulekhi of People For Animals.

As the sentence is more than three years, Salman will have to appeal in a higher court for bail. His lawyer, Anand Desai, said the sessions court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence/bail at 10.30 am on Friday. Salman has consistently denied shooting the two deer, as claimed by the prosecution.

Jail sources said Salman was lodged in barrack number 2 in a heavily protected and secure cell. He would have to spend at least one night in the jail until his bail hearing on Friday.

This is Salman's fourth stint in the Jodhpur Central Jail, which also houses religious preacher Asaram Bapu, who has been accused of rape. He had earlier spent a total of 18 days in the jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007, all for cases of poaching.

Final arguments in the blackbuck case were completed in the trial court on 28 March. In his verdict, Khatri also imposed a Rs. 10,000 fine after finding him guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which prescribes a maximum punishment of six years behind bars.

The actor is alleged to have shot and killed the blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of 1 October, 1998 during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Blackbuck, from the antelope family, is an endangered animal and included in the schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act-1972.

According to prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi, the actors were in a Gypsy that night with Salman in the driving seat. He spotted a herd of blackbucks and killed two of them, Bishnoi says.

However, Salman's lawyer said that the fact that the court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused, "would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur."

All the accused, some of them accompanied by their family members, were in the courtroom when the verdict was read out.

Salman's friends in the industry expressed concern over the verdict with some saying the actor was punished harshly for his star-status.

"I am extremely shocked," director Subhash Ghai, who has worked with Khan in several films, tweeted.

Neelam's husband, actor-director Samir Soni, said while he was happy for his wife, he believed Salman had been targeted for his star status.

"I have mixed emotions right now... It is a 20- year-old ordeal. I don't know why Salman was singled out. It seems his (star) status has come in the way," Soni told PTI.

Members of the Bishnoi community, mainly found in Western Rajasthan and known for their reverence for nature and wildlife, however, said justice had been done.

The case was under the national spotlight on Thursday with the media monitoring every development, his legion of fans tuned into social media and television and trade analysts watching anxiously to know the fate of the star who has an estimated Rs 600 riding on his next ventures - Race 3, Bharat and Dabangg 3.

Salman also had a jail stint in Mumbai when he was also involved in a hit and run. His white Toyota Land Cruiser allegedly crashed into American Express Bakery at Hill Road at Bandra in Mumbai, killing one person and injuring four on 28 September, 2002.

He was acquitted in the case but the Maharashtra government has filed an appeal.

With inputs from PTI

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