Salman Khan gets bail in Blackbuck poaching case

Team SoOLEGAL 9 Apr 2018 2:14pm

Salman Khan gets bail in Blackbuck poaching case

Jodhpur: Popular Hindi movie star Salman Khan who was convicted on the charges of hunting down Blackbuck by Jodhpur court and was lodged in Jodhpur Central jail received bail from the court against two sureties worth Rs 25,000 and a bail bond of Rs 50,000.The bail was granted by district and sessions judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi who despite being transferred a few hours before, took the court and decided on the bail application. Incidentally 121 other judicial officers connected with the case had also been transferred in the similar manner.

Salman's lawyer, Mahesh Bora while arguing for his bail in the court said, “It’s a baseless argument by the prosecution that the previous acquittals of Khan by the Rajasthan High Court cannot be termed as final because the government’s appeal is pending in Supreme Court. If the High Court’s decision of acquittal is not final, then the five-year sentence by the trial court is also not final as it’s the lowest court and we will be appealing against the decision".

Bora further cited a a forensic science laboratory (FSL) report which stated that gunshot are not visible on the bones of Blackbucks sent for forensic examination. And his respect for judicial process cannot be doubted as in the last 20 years when ever required, he has been personally present in the court despite having a very busy schedule.

After listening to arguments from both sides, the judge granted bail to Salman Khan. While granting bail, the court asked Salman not to go out of the country without courts permission.

The public prosecutor Pokhar Ram Bishnoi while opposing the bail plea said  , "This case shouldn’t be seen in the same way with the ones in which Khan has been acquitted by the High Court. The second postmortem report clearly states the animal died of gunshot wounds and the fact that the eyewitness stuck to his statements throughout the trial shows that our case is strong".

Tagged: Jodhpur court   Blackbuck hunting   Salman Khan  
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