Salman Khan Blackbuck case hearing adjourned by Jodhpur court till July 17

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New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2018 9:56:21 AM

The hearing for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's plea challenging the trial court order sentencing him to a five-year jail term in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case will be held at a sessions judge court in Jodhpur today.

blackbuck poaching case hearingSalman Khan with bodyguard Shera in Jodhpur (PTI image)

In a relief for Salman Khan, the Bollywood superstar’s plea challenging the trial court order sentencing him to a five-year jail term in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case was adjourned till July 17 by a Jodhpur court. The hearing was adjourned by District and Sessions Judge Chandra Kumar Songara after the defence counsel Mahesh Bora sought time to begin arguments. Khan was present in the court.

Earlier, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ actor had reached the Rajasthan city on Sunday afternoon from Mumbai by a regular flight, a police official said. Family members of ‘Bhai’, Alvira, bodyguard Shera have also arrived with the 52-year-old actor who was staying at a five-star hotel, according to Police official.

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In a major relief for Khan, he was granted bail by District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi. Khan was released from the Jodhpur jail, where he spent two nights, on April 7 after then District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi here granted him bail in the case. In his order granting bail, Joshi had allowed Khan’s application for suspension of sentence for a month against his conviction. He also directed Khan not to leave the country without the court’s permission. In a late evening order on April 6, Joshi was transferred to Sirohi as part of a reshuffle carried out by the Rajasthan High Court. He was replaced by Songara.

Earlier, Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had on April 5 sentenced Khan to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks during the shooting of “Hum Saath Saath Hain” in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998. The trial court had acquitted his Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, giving them the “benefit of doubt” for the incident.

Salman Khan’s last release was Tiger Zinda Hai and he will be next seen in Race 3 scheduled to hit the screens during Eid.

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