Bollywood star was sentenced 5 years on Thursday, was given name Qaidi No: 106, Barrack No: 2, other four actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre were acuited in 20-year old Blackbuck poaching case
JODHPUR: Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been granted bail by Jodhpur Court in connection with the Black buck poaching case. The bail plea was heard in a Jodhpur court on Saturday regarding the actor’s conviction for five years in the endangered species’ poaching case.
Earlier, the hearing was supposed to happen on Friday, but was rescheduled to the next day due to the transfer of 88 judges by the Rajasthan High Court. The actor had on Thursday appealed for a bail following his conviction in the 20-year-old case.
Salman was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of killing two blackbucks in Jodhpur during the shooting of his movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998. The other four accused – actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre – were acquitted in the case.
Qaidi number 106
Salman Khan was lodged in ward number 2 and given number 106 in Jodhpur Central jail. As per the Jodhpur DIG (Jail) Vikram Singh, multiple layers of security have been put in place for the actor in the jail, and he has been lodged in a separate barrack.
He was made to undergo a medical test and has no medical issues. He has not made any demands. We will give him jail uniform tomorrow. Multiple-layer security has been put up for his ward,” the DIG said on Thursday, hours after he was taken to jail following his conviction in the case. The DIG said the actor was served with chana dal (split chickpeas), cabbage, and chapati (flat bread) for the meal. The ‘Sultan’ of Bollywood will have to sleep on the floor of the jail like other prisoners. But there is a little relief for the ‘Dabangg’ star, as he will not have to share his washroom with anyone.
“He was lodged in a separate barrack, so there is an independent toilet. We are thinking to keep nearly two-three people with him keeping his security in mind. He is drinking normal water which was provided to him. He did not make any demand for mineral water,” DIG Singh said.
Interestingly, Salman was sharing the ward with self-styled Godman Asaram Bapu, who is in the jail since 2013 for raping a 16-year-old girl.
To reappear on May 7
Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer of Bishnoi community, who fought to convict actor Salman Khan in Blackbuck poaching case, on Saturday informed that the actor again has to appear before the court in person on May 7.
Interacting with the reporters, the lawyer said that the Bollywood actor has been granted bail on two bonds of Rs 25 thousand each and on condition that he cannot leave the country. “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 said.
Meanwhile, fans of ‘Bhaijaan’ are celebrating the release of their favourite actor with great zeal, across the country.
Nature of case
In October 1998, total three cases in connection with poaching and one under the Arms Act were registered against Salman. The 52-year-old actor allegedly shot two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also present in the vehicle Salman allegedly used for hunting the endangered species protected under Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife Act. Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and others under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
On July 25, 2016, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman of all charges in the blackbuck poaching case and said there was no evidence to prove that the endangered animals were shot by the actor’s licensed gun. The Supreme Court on November 11, 2016, issued a notice to Salman on an appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal in blackbuck poaching case. The apex court had agreed to fast-track the case. In January 2017, Salman Khan was acquitted by a Jodhpur court in the Arms Act case.
During the time Bollywood actor Salman Khan was lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail, the prisoners were allegedly not allowed to meet their relatives. Speaking to ANI, the prisoners’ relatives said the police were not letting them meet the prisoners inside jail. “It is for the first time I am unable to meet my husband,” a woman said. Meanwhile, the actor left the jail premises in the evening, after he was granted bail by a Jodhpur court in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan on Thursday expressed disappointment with the Jodhpur court verdict against actor Salman Khan in a 19-years-old Blackbuck poaching case, saying that the actor should have been given relief for his humanitarian work.
“I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work,” Bachchan said.
Hours after Salman Khan was granted bail in connection with the Blackbuck poaching case, former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday said that his heart goes out to his family and friends.
Talking to ANI, Akhtar, expressed sympathy for the bollywood actor and said that though he is saddened by the news that his `friend` Salman is being sentenced to five years in prison in the case, he respects the decision of honorable court of India. “I have a respect for honourable court of India. The law must take its course. We got to respect the decision of what honorable court has to say. For Salman to get bail, as a friend, my heart goes out for his friends and family,” Akhtar said.
PETA condemns bail
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has condemned the decision of a Jodhpur Court to grant bail to Bollywood actor Salman Khan in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. “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.” Valliyate further said that the NGO has been involved in the case of a man from Maharashtra who killed a baboon as his first offense and has been denied bail for a record five times, and added that such cases usually warrant seven-year prison sentences.
“If animal abusers now expect to get bail easily or to have their cases dragged out, they are in for a major surprise,” the CEO remarked.