Salman Khan's bail plea put off to Saturday

When the magistrate announced the final verdict acquitting all but Salman Khan there was no sign of jubilation in the courtroom

He said the witnesses' statement should not be trusted in the case as they raise a benefit of doubt and questioned why only Salman had been convicted out of all co-accused. This case is regarding the poaching of two blackbucks near Kakandi village on the intervening night of October 1 and October 2, 1998.

Salman is now lodged inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where he has spent the last two nights after being convicted of illegally gunning down two blackbucks in Rajasthan 19 years ago when he was in the state for a film shoot.

After hearing both the sides on the bail plea, District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi reserved its decision till tomorrow.

The hearing of the bail plea has begun and will continue on Saturday, when Salman's lawyers will seek to substantiate their claims that the eyewitnesses weren't reliable. He will have simple bed, rug and cooler. Readers may be aware, that in one of the reports earlier in the day, we had mentioned that the actor had refused dinner that was served to him last night.

This is the actor's fourth stint in this prison.

Family members including brother Sohail and Arbaaz, brother in law Aayush Sharma were at Salman's Galaxy Apartment in suburban Bandra.

Salman Khan, who has a net worth of $37 million according to Forbes, was given a basic meal (daal-roti) for dinner in jail.

On Thursday, Judge Dev Kumar Khatri had convicted Salman Khan for poaching two endangered blackbucks in 1998.

Bollywood's superstar Salman Khan although loved by millions still had a dark phase in terms of the number of court cases haunting him.

Sonakshi, Sneha and Daisy were launched in Bollywood as actors by Salman. The state government moved the sessions court on 7 March 2017 challenging the trials court's order of acquittal. Four additional Bollywood celebrities accused while in the case have been acquitted.

Khan, one of the world's most highly paid actors, has denied killing the rare antelopes known as black bucks during an alleged hunting safari in 1998.



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