Salman and the blackbuck poaching case: Timeline

Nick Sanchez
April 8, 2018

However, Khan has now been granted £550 bail while he appeals against his conviction.

A Special SC/ST Court in Jodhpur on Saturday reserved its order for April 25 in a 2012 rape case against self-styled godman Asaram after the final arguments were completed.

His lawyer Mahesh Bora told pressmen on Saturday that the judge granted a bail in the sum of 50,000 rupees ($770).

Khan has almost $90 million riding on his projects in coming months with at least three films in the pipeline, analysts say.

Other Bollywood figures have also rallied around the actor, voicing support and decrying the harsh sentence.

While convicting Salman, the trial court acquitted his Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, giving them the "benefit of doubt" for the incident in October 1998.

"I am happy that he has got bail". Hearing the verdict, Salman's fans cheered outside the court.

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".

The actor, who has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks, has spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail.

Khan has been convicted under Section 9 of the Act, which prohibits hunting of wild animals. Khan will also have to be present on 7 May for the next hearing in the blackbuck poaching case.

The court's ruling against Khan, who has 32.5 million followers on Twitter and was promoting his movie last week, sparked worries among Bollywood traders. In a late night development, Joshi was transferred to Sirohi as part of a reshuffle.

Joshi had asked for more documents, such as files of previous ca ses heard by Rural and High Courts, a decision could be taken on the bail plea.

Bhai, as he is popularly known, was accompanied by his father Salim Khan, mother Sushila Charak, Shera, other family members, sister Alvira and Arpita and a nephew.

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