Salman Khan granted bail in 1998 poaching case

Slaman Khan in Jodhpur

Salman Khan granted bail in 1998 poaching case

In this file photo taken on April 2, 2008 Indian black bucks, also known as the Indian antelope, look on at an enclosure at the Zoological Park in New Delhi.Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was found guilty Thursday of killing endangered wildlife nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor said, a charge that could see the bad boy of Indian cinema jailed for five years.

According to local media reports, Khan is set to leave the Jodhpur Central Jail, where he has spent the previous two nights, before the end of Saturday.

Hundreds of police were deployed outside the courtroom in Jodhpur to keep back fans who massed to support the actor best known for his macho roles. And hoards of supporters and fans thronged the jail premises with, singing and dancing.

The 52-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of killing two blackbucks in 1998.

It was claimed that in September 1998, Khan hunted down the animals in the Kankani village of Rajasthan; in October 1998 Khan was arrested in the connection with the poaching of endangered animals, and subsequently granted bail.

The brawny actor, called Prisoner 106 in jail, reportedly skipped his no-frills prison meals but not his workout sessions, with the Times of India newspaper reporting that he spent three hours exercising Friday. He was among 134 judges transferred by the registrar general of the Rajasthan High Court. The actor's counsel has also admitted a review petition against his five-year sentence. Justice Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who heard the case, was transferred as a routine judicial reshuffle on Friday night.

After his conviction on Thursday, prominent figures in India's film industry rallied to Mr. Khan's defense, noting his "humanitarian work" and calling for leniency in the bail proceedings.

The judge had yesterday reserved his decision on Khan's bail plea till today after hearing arguments on the suspension of sentence and the bail application.

Director of Salman's upcoming film Race 3, Remo D'Souza shared, "I am happy that he has got bail. If the High Court suspends the bail granted to Salman, he will have to go behind the bars once again.

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