Salman khan gets bail after 38 hours in jail
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has been granted bail by a Jodhpur court after he spent two nights in a local sub-jail.
The 52-year-old actor was sentenced for five years for killing two blackbucks 20 years ago in Kankani village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, during the shooting of a multi-starrer, “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.
His co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam Kothari and Sonali Bendre, who were in the SUV that the Dabangg star was driving during their alleged late-night hunting outing, were, however, acquitted on Thursday.
In the numerous hearings over the years, the actor and his counsels insisted that he was being framed. Reports that the animals died of “overeating” or that they were killed by dogs were also submitted in court to establish his innocence.
The blackbuck, an endangered species is protected under Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife Act and the punishment for hunting blackbuck can be up to six years. Salman Khan has also been accused of killing two chinkaras and a blackbuck in September 1998.
In July 2016, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman Khan in the chinkara poaching cases. A year later, the Jodhpur court acquitted him in the Arms Case, where he was accused of possessing and using weapons with an expired license during the hunt for the endangered chinkaras and blackbucks.
This is the actor’s fourth stint in this prison. He has spent a total of 18 days in the jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007.
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