After spending two nights in prison, there seems to be some relieving news for the Bollywood Sultan, Salman Khan, as he seems to have been released on bond payment of Rs. 50,000. This news also happens to set a jubilant moment for his friends and fans! He is expected to be released from the prison today evening.
Lawyers reported to NDTV that the bail documents will be presented to Jodhpur Central Jail by 5pm and he would be set free in the next two hours.
The 52 year old actor was subjected to 5 years of imprisonment on account of killing two blackbucks, in the year 1998 while he was shooting for the film ” Hum Saath Saath Hain” in Jodhpur. His co-actors who accompanied him – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam Kothari and Sonali Bendre were let off the hook by the Jodhpur Sessions court on account of benefit of doubt. The case against him was registered on accounts of complaints lodged by Bishnoi community who revere/honor antelopes. The blackbuck is protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and the punishment for killing blackbuck can be up to six years. Salman Khan’s counsel Bora sent an application in the district court challenging the judgement of the session court. Public prosecutor, Pokarram Bishnoi stood by the facts presented by certain eye witnesses who taped the incident confirming the killing by the Dabangg star.
However, Salman’s counsel isn’t contended with the verdict as he says that certain facts were overlooked. He was quoted as saying “The first post-mortem report of the blackbucks did not state that gun shot was the cause of death. No gun was seized from the accused.”
Some news sites have also reported that the second postmortem report made Salman lose his case as it stated that there were holes found in the bones, of approximately 1inch diameter in the carcasses, which points towards the hitting from gun shots. The next hearing date happens to be 7th May 2018. However, without the court’s consent, Salman will not be allowed to leave the country. But for now, the recent development is that he would be setting his foot out from the prison today evening.
The fans would be eagerly waiting and praying for the next few hours to pass soon for the release of their Sultan