A day after Salman Khan was lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail following his conviction and 5-year sentence in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case, the actor's bail plea order was reserved till Saturday by a sessions court in Jodhpur. Accordingly, Salman Khan will spend a second night in jail.
Salman’s defence also argued for the suspension of his 5-year sentence by blaming the forest department and targeting eye-witnesses. His counsel said that eye-witnesses are unreliable.
As the prosecution delved into details of the incident as recounted by the eyewitnesses, shocking details from the night of Oct 1, 1998, emerged. One of the eyewitnesses revealed that he saw the gypsy with Salman in the front seat heading towards the forest and followed them. Salman was in the driver's seat and Saif Ali Khan was sitting beside him, the eyewitness said.
Salman urged the other actors to shoot the blackbucks because he was driving, the eyewitness said, adding that when the other actors refused, Salman stopped the car and took the shot himself.
The prosecution said that a .22 revolver and .22 rifle were recovered from Salman’s possession and that the rifle was the same one that was used for killing the blackbucks.
Another eyewitness, Satyamani Tiwari, who was appointed to look after the security concerns during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain said that he saw the rifle in Salman Khan's bathroom wrapped in a sheet after the incident.
Further, Salman Khan's lawyers brought up previous acquittals. They raised the Chinkara poaching case in which he was given a 5-year sentence and then given bail, arguing that he should be given bail in this case as well.
Shockingly, they also cited the 2002 hit-and-run case, asking how can be convicted for killing blackbucks when he's been acquitted in that case.
Far from the Channa Daal and Cabbage that was on the menu at Jodhpur Central Jail where Salman was on Thursday lodged as Kaidi No. 106, 5-star food was allegedly delivered for the Bollywood star. He was also allowed to wear his own clothes instead of the standard issue in jail.
Simultaneously, Salman Khan's lawyers moved the sessions court seeking suspension of his 5-year sentence. His legal team allegedly filed a 54-page appeal against the sentence granted by the chief judicial magistrate at the Jodhpur court.
Speaking to Republic TV, Salman Khan's lawyer confirmed that the plea challenging the sentence was kept ready beforehand in case of any 'adversity'.
Republic TV has also learnt that Salman Khan's brothers Arbaaz and Sohail, as well as filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala are making their way to Jodhpur.
Salman Khan had on Thursday been convicted and sentenced in the 1998 case while his co-accused, including Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, were acquitted having been given the benefit of doubt. The incident had occurred during filming for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain when the actors had allegedly gone on a midnight hunt.
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