Salman Khan was granted bail in the black buck poaching case on Saturday afternoon amid much speculation about whether he would be able to walk out of the jail, or if he would have to spend a few more nights behind bars.
Putting all the rumours to rest, the Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday granted bail to the Bollywood actor. He was sentenced to jail for five years for killing two black bucks in Kankani, a village near Jodhpur during the shoot of Sooraj Barjayta’s Hum Saath Saath Hai.
Fans of #SalmanKhan gather outside his residence in Mumbai and celebrate following Jodhpur Court’s verdict in #BlackBuckPaochingCase. The Court granted him bail in the case. pic.twitter.com/STrcQuihjY
— ANI (@ANI) April 7, 2018
Salman spent two nights at Jodhpur Central Jail before he was granted bail in exchange for a Rs 50,000 jail bond, and two sureties for Rs 25,000, The Indian Express reported. The court has also forbidden him to leave the country. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on the day the verdict was announced.
As the news of him getting bail came out on media, his fans across India have already gone into celebration mode, especially on social media. Many Bollywood celebrities were quick to offer their support to the star and took to Twitter:
— Neil Nitin Mukesh (@NeilNMukesh) April 7, 2018
Thanx God देर हैं अंधेर नहीं।
Good deeds will always pay @BeingSalmanKhan a full justice finally. He has already been punished mentally for 20 years for his big mistakes n still waiting for justice. God bless u salman @beinghuman
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) April 7, 2018
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) April 7, 2018
So happy for @BeingSalmanKhan finally, much deserved relief for him and his family. Can’t keep a good man down for long. Hope justice prevails in the case as i have full faith in the judicial system. #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan
— Aftab Shivdasani (@AftabShivdasani) April 7, 2018
Bishnois unhappy with bail
Public prosecutor Pokhar Ram Bishnoi 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,” he said.
Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer of the Bishnoi community tells ANI that they will now approach the Rajasthan High Court against bail granted to Salman Khan.
Transfer of judges
On Saturday, 87 judges of the sessions court, including Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi was transferred in an annual shake-up, NDTV reported. Joshi was supposed to deliver the judgment on Salman’s bail plea. He will be replaced by Chandra Kumar Sngara, the district and sessions judge of Bhilwara in another week.
Joshi had asked for a few more documents in order to study the entire case record before deciding whether Salman should be given bail. However, that did not happen since the transfer order came through on Saturday.
Judge Dev Kumar Khatri, who had sentenced Salman Khan in the black buck poaching case, has also been transferred in this colossal change of Rajasthan’s judicial officers.
“The way the accused killed two innocent black bucks in violation of the wildlife laws…he is a film star, people emulate him and look up to him… and there has been a rise in poaching incidents, so leniency is not justified given the severity of the crime, the evidence and the circumstances,” Judge Khatri had said after delivering his verdict.
What happened since Salman was convicted?
The actor had to spend a night in jail after the Jodhpur court convicted him for 5 years in the black buck poaching case. Other co-accused included Neelam Kothari, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Sonali Bendre were acquitted.
Salman’s lawyer had moved a petition in the court for bail and suspension of the sentence. The hearing for bail was adjourned on Friday and reports speculated that Salman may have to spend the weekend in jail due to unforeseen delays in the hearing of his bail application. However, he was given bail on Saturday despite a change in the judge presiding over the case.
But what about the ‘aam janta’?
Even though his fans and many from the film fraternity are heaving a sigh a relief, Twitteratti wasn’t very happy with the bail after just two days in jail in a 20-year-old case. Here are some of the funniest and the snarkiest tweets which clearly mock the judicial machinery of the state:
— Dev Mittal (@Devmittal_civ16) April 7, 2018
— Aatif Khan (@AatifKh96914765) April 7, 2018
— Krishnil S. (@krishnil28s) April 7, 2018
— Kaju Katli (@MonkNxtDoor) April 7, 2018
— Mysterious (@i_srujana) April 7, 2018