Bollywood superstar Salman Khan walked out of the Jodhpur Central Jail Saturday evening, where he spent two nights after being convicted for killing two blackbucks 20 years ago. Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who began hearing his bail request in the morning, ordered his release on bail.
n court on Saturday, Salman Khan’s lawyers were asked to file a bail bond for Rs. 50,000 and produce a Rs. 25,000 surety from two persons each to guarantee that the actor will comply with all bail conditions. The bail documents were be sent to Jodhpur Central Jail around 5 pm and he was released in the next 30 minutes. But he can’t leave the country without the court’s permission, the judge emphasised.
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 all, three cases of poaching and one under the Arms Act were registered against Salman Khan in 1998.
Salman Khan walked out of the Jodhpur Central Jail on Saturday after he was granted bail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on two bonds worth Rs 50,000 each. The 52-year-old actor cannot leave the country without the court’s permission and will have to return to the court on May 7 for another hearing. Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer of Bishnoi community, told ANI that Salman Khan will have to submit two bonds of Rs 25 thousand each. They will now approach the Rajasthan High Court against bail granted to Salman Khan. Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had reserved Salman Khan’s bail order for today.