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
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.