Katrina Kaif visited Salman Khan's residence, Galaxy Apartments, after the actor returned from Jodhpur, reports Financial Express
Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case updates: Tight security around actor's cell in Jodhpur jail
A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.
Salman Khan leaves Jodhpur jail after being granted bail, leaves for Jodhpur airport, reports News18
Relatives of Jodhpur Central Jail prisoners say police isn't letting them meet their relatives inside jail where Salman Khan was lodged
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.
The judge arrives in the courtroom. Bail order likely to be pronounced shortly
News18 reports that Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi has entered the courtroom and is likely to pronounce the decision over Salman Khan's bail plea application
Jodhpur court to pronounce bail plea order at 2 pm
The Jodhpur Sessions Court is likely to pronounce actor Salman Khan's bail plea order after 2 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.
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.
Judge to pronounce bail plea order after lunch
Arguments from both the defense and prosecution are over. The judge will pronounce the order after lunch at 2 pm.
Salman Khan's bail plea hearing begins
Day two of actor Salman Khan's bail plea hearing has begun on Saturday morning with Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi to continue presiding over the court proceedings.
Judge hearing bail plea, Ravindra Joshi, meets CJM Dev Khatri who sentenced Salman Khan to jail
CJM (rural) Dev Kumar Khatri (the judge who pronounced Salman's sentence of five years imprisonment) is currently in a meet with Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi (the judge currently hearing Salman's bail plea) in his chambers, reported News18. Sources, however, say it is a routine meet. Both judges were among the 87 who had been transferred on Friday night in a routine shuffle.
Second post-mortem report of two blackbucks plays crucial role in Salman Khan's conviction
The second post-mortem report of the two blackbucks played a key role in proving that the animals had died of gunshots, as the trial court, while convicting Salman Khan, mentioned that it has been proved beyond doubt that the Bollywood superstar had shot them.
The medical board report stated that there were holes, one inch in diameter, in the bones of blackbuck carcasses and this could be caused by shots fired from a gun. Relying on this report, the trial court refused to admit the argument of the defense that the hole had been made by the investigator using a charred piece of coal just to establish the story of poaching and frame Salman in the case. - PTI
It is up to the judge to decide if he wants to continue the hearing or not: lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi
Speaking to CNN-News18, lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said that in case a judge is transferred, matters of urgent importance such as bail applications can be heard by the judge. But it also depends on the judge's discretion if he wants to continue hearing arguments.
Judge, scheduled to hear Salman Khan's bail plea, transferred overnight
The Jodhpur District and Sessions judge, who was scheduled to continue hearing the bail plea of convicted actor Salman Khan on Saturday, was transferred by the Rajasthan High Court overnight, reported The Times of India. Sessions judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi was transferred along with 87 other district judges, the report said.
Salman Khan's bail hearing to continue today
The Jodhpur Sessions Court on Friday decided to defer proceedings in Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bail plea hearing to Saturday. The actor, who was convicted by the trial court on Thursday and sentenced to five years in prison in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case, spent a second night in the Jodhpur Central Jail. The district and sessions court in Jodhpur had heard arguments on the suspension of sentence and bail application before deferring the matter till Saturday.
Here's what has happened so far after Salman Khan was convicted on Thursday:
- Actor Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined Rs. 10,000.
- Other Bollywood stars acquitted — Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu.
- Khan taken to Jodhpur Central Jail, spends the night as Qaidi 106 next to Asaram Bapu's cell.
- Refuses to eat dal-roti or drink tea.
- Actor's blood pressure reportedly shot up thrice during the night.
- Khan's defense counsel prepares 51-page bail application.
- Reports emerge on Friday that Bishnoi witness Poonamchand failed to identify Sonali Bendre and Tabu during cross-examination.
- Brothers Sohail and Arbaaz Khan leave for Jodhpur at 11.45 am from Mumbai.
- Khan's counsel Mahesh Bora claims he received death threats over the phone.
- Bail hearing begins at 10.30 am on Friday.
- Judge defers hearing to Saturday, asks actor's lawyers to produce previous case records.
- Salman Khan to spend second night in Jodhpur jail.
Argued circumstances relied upon by trial court discarded by Rajasthan HC, says Salman Khan's lawyer
"The case has been argued. It has been posted for tomorrow. 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.
Salman Khan's bail order reserved till tomorrow
The Jodhpur court reserved its order on actor Salman Khan's bail plea till Saturday. According to reports, the arguments were brief.
Salman Khan's bail plea hearing begins
Actor Salman Khan's bail plea hearing has begun inside the Jodhpur Sessions Court on Friday morning. The actor was convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on Thursday. Five other co-accused — Bollywood actors Neelam, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan and local Dushyant Singh.
'Getting death threats,' says Salman Khan's lawyer
"I am getting death threats. The message said 'Salman Khan ka case ko chodh dijiye, warna goli maarenge'," said Mahesh Bora, the convicted actor's lawyer.
Salman Khan's sisters, bodyguard Shera reach Jodhpur court premises
Convicted actor Salman Khan's sisters and bodyguard Shera were seen entering the Jodhpur Sessions Court on Friday morning ahead of the Bollywood star's bail plea hearing at 10.30 am.
Eyewitness account not reliable, Salman's defence lawyer tells Jodhpur court
News18 reported that Salman Khan's lawyer in the court argued that eyewitness Poonam Chand's account is not reliable. "Salman is paying the price for his celebrity status. Five-year jail term is too harsh," the lawyer reportedly said.
Salman Khan's lawyer ready with 51-page bail application
Qaidi 106 Salman Khan may have spent a night in the Jodhpur Central Jail but his lawyer is ready with a 51-page bail application where 54 grounds have been raised for the judge to consider and grant the convicted actor bail. Speaking to News18, lawyer Hastimal Saraswat said there are problems with Thursday's verdict which needs reconsideration. "If it was not Salman Khan, bail would have been granted the next day," said Saraswat.
Khan will be appealing in the Session Court on Friday, since the first right of appeal is yet to be exhausted. In case the bail is rejected, the Rajasthan High Court will be approached.
Heavy security at Jodhpur jail, Salman Khan alone in cell
Security has been tightened in the Jodhpur Central Jail due to Salman Khan's presence. The actor has been kept alone in his cell, with nobody allowed to meet him, reported NDTV. He also has his own guards in jail.
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.
Salman Khan has not eaten anything post-verdict
Quoting jail officials News18 reported that actor Salman Khan has not eaten anything after his verdict was announced and even refused to drink tea.
He was offered a cauliflower and potato vegetable dish, a pulse and a chappati, which he did not eat. He also did not drink the tea served to him. At present, he is wearing his own clothes, but will be given jail clothes once the jail store opens on Friday morning.
Salman Khan's family likely to meet him today
According to India Today, the convicted actor's family will be allowed to meet him on Friday. His lawyers are free to meet him at anytime.
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.
Khan housed in Barrack Number 2, next to Asaram Bapu's cell
Khan, who was today sentenced to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks about 20 year ago, has been kept in ward no. 2, adjacent to the cell of self-styled godman Asaram.
Salman Khan served dal-roti in jail
Salman Khan may be a heartthrob of millions, but at the Jodhpur Central Jail he is just Qaidi No. 106 who was served simple dal-roti which he did not eat.
Salman Khan's bail hearing at 10.30 am
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.
Salman's lawyer issues statement, says 'we respect decision'
Salman's lawyer issued statement, "We respect the decision of the Hon'ble Court. While we are studying the judgement it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by the Hon'ble High Court of Rajasthan in two cases, and even by the Hon'ble CJM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offence on the very same night as is the subject matter of the present case. Also, in the present case, the Hon'ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon'ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today. The Hon'ble Sessions Court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence / bail at 1030 tomorrow."
Question on every mind is whether another great escape is round the corner
For years, we have watched him walk out, chest puffed with pride, after every court appearance. It is possible that the same circus may be repeated after his latest conviction for killing two black bucks in Jodhpur 20 years ago. Like in the past, his lawyers may knock on the doors of the High Court, seek bail and then let an appeal drag on. The questions on every mind, as this report is being typed are: how quickly will he get bail and will he actually serve the sentence? And we may again lament that an offender got away because of his clout and money.
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."
One of the co-accused in the case, Neelam Kothari, returns to Mumbai
As co-accused Neelam Kothari returns to Mumbai, husband Sameer Soni says, "I am happy for us but disappointed for Salman. Justice has not been given properly in this case."
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.
Why Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and others were let off
In the black buck poaching case, which has taken almost 20 years to come to a seeming conclusion, Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act while the other actors were charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. The reason behind the acquittal of the other stars may be because of the difficulty in furnishing any evidence linking Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu to the killing of the black bucks. Apart from Salman Khan, who was booked for killing an endangered species, the rest were charged with unlawful assembly.
No amenities for Salman in Jodhpur jail
Sources in Jodhpur Central Jail confirm that the room lacks all kinds of amenities. The actor has been kept in a cell close to that of Asaram bapu. There is definitely no cooler or AC and it is just like other simple prison cells.
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.
Jodhpur Jail houses several high-profile convicts
Salman Khan is likely to be housed with self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who was sent to jail after being convicted of rape, and allegedly received preferential VIP treatment in prison. Another convict housed in the same prison is Rajsamand killer Shambhulal Regar, who, even after being jailed for murdering a Muslim labourer, was making videos from inside the jail. Other inmates include some hardened terrorists from Kashmir who were recently shifted out from Srinagar jail.- CNN-News18
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.
Salman Khan's bail application is likely to be heard at 10.30 on Friday
According to CNN-News 18, Salman Khan's bail application has been moved and will be taken up at 10:30 am on Friday morning. The actor will have to spend the night in Jodhpur Central Jail. Meanwhile, members of Bishnoi community keep raising slogans as the actor is taken for medical examination.
Salman will be taken for medical examination first and then to the Jodhpur Central Jail, say police sources
Just after the verdict, Salman will be taken for medical examination before heading to Jodhpur Central Jail. A Jodhpur court held actor Salman Khan guilty in a 1998 black buck poaching case and sentenced the actor to five years simple imprisonment. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has been levied too. The court earlier acquitted fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, who were named co-accused.- CNN-News18
'Happy with the judgment': Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh
Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh told CNN-News18: "We are happy with the judgment. I haven't read the complete order. Salman Khan has been given a five year simple imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine. If he files an appeal and the court considers it, then he can get the bail."
Salman Khan may not receive bail today
As the actor has been sentenced to more than three years in prison (5 years), Salman's legal team will have to approach the Rajasthan High Court. There is a possibility that he may have to spend the night in jail. As per CNN-News18, his legal team is ready with the appeal.
Salman Khan sentenced to five years in jail
According to CNN-News18, actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison in the black buck poaching case.
Court proceedings resume after lunch
The court proceedings have resumed after a lunch break. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri will pronounce the quantum of punishment shortly.
'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."
Salman Khan's quantum of punishment yet to be pronounced
Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh said that they have asked for the maximum punishment (of six years) and that the quantum is yet to be pronounced.
Confusion over Salman Khan's quantum of punishment
There is some confusion over the quantum of sentence handed down to Salman Khan. According to News18, lawyers signalled the victory sign (for the acquitted), which reporters mistook it to be two years in prison.
Salman Khan sentenced to two years in prison, charged with Rs 50,000 fine
The actor is likely to be granted bail on Thursday itself since the jail term is below three years. Salman is eligible for bail from the Sessions Court.
Bishnoi Sabha to appeal against acquittal of Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, Sonali Bendre
CNN-News18 reported that one of the parties to the case, Bishnoi Sabha, has decided to appeal against the acquittal of the four co-accused in the black buck poaching case.
Salman's counsel arguing for early probation
Arguments for quantum of sentence is currently underway in the Jodhpur court. Salman's counsel are arguing for early probation, reports have said.
Salman Khan faces maximum 6 years in jail
Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act carries maximum punishment of six years and minimum one-year jail term. The prosecution has demanded maximum punishment for Salman Khan. The actor will be taken to Jodhpur Central Jail, which currently houses three high-profile inmates — Asaram Bapu, Malkhan Singh Vishnoi and Shambhu Lal. The latter two are accused in the Bawri Devi case and the Rajasthan hacking case, respectively.
Salman convicted under Section 9 and 51 of Wildlife Protection Act. Maximum sentence under the law is six years
Quantum of sentence shortly
Arguments currently underway on quantum of sentence. If the court pronounces more than three years in prison for the actor, Salman will have to approach a higher court for bail but if it is less than three years, the actor can apply for bail in the same court.
Jodhpur court says Salman Khan guilty in 1998 Blackbuck poaching case
The court held Salman Khan guilty in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case but acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and other actors. Quantum of sentence shortly
Entry of media and lawyers inside courtroom restricted
According to reports, the court has not allowed anyone from the media or the lawyer fraternity not connected to the case enter the court.
Salman arrives with bodyguard Shera
All actors are in attendance in the court. Security is heavily beefed up outside the court premises after Salman received a death threat. Salman arrived with his bodyguard Shera at the Jodhpur court. The hearing is expected to begin shortly.
If convicted Salman Khan will be sent to Jodhpur Central Jail
If convicted today, Salman Khan and others will be taken to Jodhpur Central Jail, which currently houses three high-profile inmates — Asaram Bapu, Malkhan Singh Vishnoi and Shambhu Lal. The latter two are accused in the Bawri Devi case and the Rajasthan hacking case, respectively.
Salman Khan's sisters reach Jodhpur court; actor on his way to court
Reports said that two sisters of Salman — Arpita and Alwira — reached the Jodhpur court premises. Salman is expected to reach anytime soon. The verdict is expected to come by 11.15 am.
Race 3 director Remo D'Souza hoping for favourable verdict
Speaking to CNN-News18, Race 3 director Remo D'Souza said the entire cast and crew was looking forward to the closure of the 19-year-old case with a favourable verdict. "Salman never talks about the case while shooting for his films. Same was the case during Abu Dhabhi schedule of Race 3, after which the actor left for the verdict. The unit and everyone associated to his big Eid release are hoping for a closure to this long stretched case with a favourable verdict," D'Souza said.
'Will wait for court's order before commenting': Public prosecutor
According to News18, Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh said that they will wait for the court's verdict before commenting. "We shall wait for the court's order. It will be inappropriate for me to say anything now," he was quoted as saying.
Judge arrives in Jodhpur court ahead of verdict
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri has reached the Jodhpur court, reported CNN-News18. The court will be pronouncing its verdict in the black buck poaching case, involving actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and others.
'If found guilty, equal punishment for Saif, Neelam, Sonali'
Speaking to ANI, Saif 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."
Salman Khan charged under Section 9 read with Section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act
Salman Khan is charged under Section 9 read with Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 along with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code.
Section 9 prohibits the hunting of certain animals listed in the Act. A black buck is one of the animals protected by it. Section 51 allows the court to sentence those found guilty to imprisonment between one to six years along with a fine of at least Rs 5,000.
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.
Salman Khan could face up to six years in prison
Actor Salman Khan and the other accused are charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is up to six years in prison.
What the Salman Khan's defence says:
Refuting the prosecution's allegations, Salman Khan's counsel HM Saraswat said there were several loopholes in the prosecutor's story and that it had failed to prove its case beyond any doubt.
“Prosecution has failed to prove the allegations. It engaged in tampering and fabricating evidence and documents as well as roping in fake witnesses to prove its case," he said.
"It even failed to prove that the black bucks were killed by gunshots. Hence, such an investigation cannot be trusted," Saraswat said.
Salman Khan, others accused charged under Wildlife (Protection) Act
Salman Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
LIVE NEWS and UPDATES
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. #SalmanGetsBail pic.twitter.com/8LCwkNk6ua— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 7, 2018
Visuals of Salman Khan reaching Galaxy Apartments
Salman Khan reaches his residence, the Galaxy Apartments in Mumbai. Crowds roar for their hero after he returns home after spending 2 days in the Jodhpur Central jail in the #BlackbuckPoachingCase. @shilparathnam from ground zero. #SalmanGetsBail pic.twitter.com/xgTdbiZqsS— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 7, 2018
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.
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
Salman Khan reaches Mumbai after spending 48 hours in Jodhpur Central jail in the #BlackbuckPoachingCase. The star is accompanied by sisters Arpita, Alvira and bodyguard Shera. #SalmanGetsBail pic.twitter.com/k0jJ0QzKBG— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 7, 2018
A slew of celebrities extend their wishes to Salman Khan after he got bail
Welcome back @BeingSalmanKhan !!— Rohit Roy (@rohitroy500) April 7, 2018
Love you @BeingSalmanKhan Bhai ❤️. There is no heart like you in this world.— Siddhanth Kapoor (@SiddhanthKapoor) April 7, 2018
Blackbuck poaching case LIVE updates: According to CNN-News18, actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison in the blackbuck poaching case. The news channel quoted the Bishnoi community's lawyer as saying the above. The actor has been fined Rs 10,000 as well. Actor's bail hearing will be likely at 10.30 am on Friday. Security has been tightened around Salman's cell in Jodhpur jail.
The Jodhpur court is likely to announce the quantum of punishment for Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case at 2 pm on Thursday. Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh said that they have asked for the maximum punishment (of six years).
Speaking to ANI, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha state chief Rampal Bhawad demanded maximum punishment for actor Salman Khan: "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."
A Jodhpur court has convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while other actors —Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari — have been acquitted. The quantum of sentence will be announced shortly. According to latest report, the Bishnoi Sabha has objected to the acquittal of five others.
Proceedings have begun at the Jodhpur court which will deliver verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case shortly. Actor Salman Khan is present in the court with sisters Alvira and Arpita. Other accused — Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari — are also present in the courtroom.
Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. He is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. Maximum punishment under Section 51 is six years.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri has reached the Jodhpur court, reported CNN-News18. The court will be pronouncing its verdict in the blackbuck poaching case, involving actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and others. The final hearing in the blackbuck case will begin at 11.15 am. Accused actor Salman Khan is expected to arrive in the courthouse at 11 am.
In an interview with NDTV in 2009, actor Salman Khan had claimed that the group had come across the a herd of deer when they were returning after pack-up while shooting Hum Saath Saath Hain. He said, "We saw deer fawn, stuck in a bush. The whole herd was there. He (fawn) was petrified. I took him out of there, gave him some water. The whole pack was there. He ate a few biscuits and then went away".
The verdict in the blackbuck poaching case on actor Salman Khan is expected to be pronounced after 11 am on Thursday, according to reports. The Bollywood star and other actors, including Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu, allegedly went out on a midnight hunting spree and killed two blackbucks in October 1998.
Actor Salman Khan and the other accused are charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The maximum punishment under Section 51 is up to six years in prison. If convicted, the actor could face a prison term upto six years in jail.
A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.
The accused landed in Jodhpur on Wednesday ahead of the court hearing.
The movie stars were accused of poaching blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain movie.
They were accused of killing two blackbucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on 28 March. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for 5 April thereafter.
Meanwhile, a video clipping of Saif getting annoyed over media questions and threatening his driver by saying "Sheehsa upar karo aur reverse kar lo, varna padegi ek" (close windowpane, put car in reverse or else you will get slapped) has since gone viral on social media.
It was learnt that a fan also misbehaved with Tabu while she was coming out of the airport at Jodhpur on Wednesday morning.
With inputs from IANS
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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes Taxation, Companies Amendment bills; both Houses adjourned till tomorrow
Parliament LIVE Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responded to the Opposition's arguments on the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha on Saturday.
Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha approves Centre's demand for supplementary grants; both houses adjourned till tomorrow
Parliament LIVE Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that additional resources as part of the first demand for excess grants is being used for "people-centric activity and some of the most critical government schemes like the PM Gareeb Kalyan Yojana."