Judge Joshi who was scheduled to hear the actor’s bail plea in the blackbuck poaching case has been transferred by the Rajasthan High Court, along with 87 other district judges. The Jodhpur sessions court will possibly decide whether Bollywood actor Salman Khan would have to spend more time in jail or be released on bail in the blackbuck poaching case of 1998.
Hearing Khan’s bail plea on Friday, Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had reserved his judgment until Saturday.
A day before, a Jodhpur court had convicted the Bollywood star for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, 19 years ago while shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain, and sentenced him to five years in jail.
Previously there were all other acquitted in the case including, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and it was only Salman Khan who was held guilty.
So, it is uncertain whether the actor will get a relief in the coming days or not. The judge had asked for more documents, such as files of previous cases heard by Rural and High Courts before taking a decision on the actor’s bail plea.
Salman Khan’s case was presented in the sessions court on Friday by senior advocate Mahesh Bora, who came with a 51-page bail application. He said the witnesses’ statement should not be trusted in the case and argued that the actor should be given the benefit of the doubt. He also questioned why only Salman Khan had been convicted and all other co-accused acquitted.
The Bollywood actors accused in this case allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain.