Nobody expected Salman Khan will get convicted in the 1988 blackbuck poaching case. People were certain that he will be proven innocent, just like how he was acquitted in the hit and run case. But law had his own will as the Jodhpur Court charged Salman guilty by sentencing him to 5 years of jail in its final verdict yesterday. Now had Salman been sentenced to anywhere less than 3 years then he could have applied for immediate bail but considering his punishment extends to 5 years, the actor has to remain behind the bars until the Sessions court reconsiders his jail term and grants him bail.
Salman has been in the Central Jail since last evening and is set to appear before the Sessions Court for the bail hearing at 10:30 am today. Hopefully, he’ll be granted bail but if at all the court delays in pronouncing the bail verdict, he will have to stay in the Central Jail for another 3 days as the Court will only conduct its next hearing on Monday. Will Salman be granted bail today? Do you think his 5-year jail sentence is justified? Here, scroll down to get LIVE updates from Salman’s bail hearing in the blackbuck poaching case, as and how it happens:
11: 37 am: The reason why the verdict has been deferred till tomorrow is because the Sessions Court judge Ravinder Kumar Joshi has asked for records from Rural Court and High Court (previous cases)
11:30 am: Salman’s lawyer confirms they haven’t challenged the jail term but just have appealed for bail in today’s argument. If the trial court to consider their appeal in the Chinkara case then they can also consider this case.
11:20 am: Bail verdict reserved till tomorrow as the Sessions Court has adjourned for today after hearing arguments from both the sides. What will be the final order? Only time will tell.
11:12 am: Salman will not be appearing in the Session’s Court for the bail hearing today, owing to security reasons.
10:49 am: Salman’s case is listed at serial number 24 and it’s very unlikely that his bail hearing will happen out of turn. However, the counsel might request for an early hearing. suggest reports
10:44 am: The lawyer representing the Bishnoi Camp is confident to oppose Salman’s defense and make sure the actor doesn’t get bail. Both the lawyers are now inside the court, awaiting Salman to arrive and begin the bail hearing
10: 33 am: In a shocking turn of events, Salman’s lawyer reveals how he is receiving death threats if he doesn’t take a step back from the case. Here, below is the video of the same (Credits: News 18)
10:20 am: Salman Khan’s sisters Arpita and Alvira arrive in the Sessions Court for the bail hearing
10:05 am: The Sessions Court judge has arrived
9:50 am: Salman reportedly got death threats from a local Punjab-based gangster, Lawrence Bishnoi when he was brought to the Jodhpur local court on production warrant. While being taken into the police vehicle, Bishnoi said he would kill Khan in Jodhpur itself. On the reported threat to Khan by the gangster, Jail superintendent Vikram Singh said: We are thinking of keeping him with some other prisoners from tomorrow so that he is not alone considering the threat to him.” Jodhpur police had arrested Bishnoi for his involvement in twin cases of firing. He was again arrested by the police for his involvement in the murder of Vasudev Israni, an electronic businessman from the city.
The notorious gangster was brought to a Jodhpur local court on production warrant. While being taken into the police vehicle, Bishnoi said he would kill Khan in Jodhpur itself. On the reported threat to Khan by the gangster, Jail superintendent Vikram Singh said: We are thinking of keeping him with some other prisoners from tomorrow so that he is not alone considering the threat to him.”
Jodhpur police had arrested Bishnoi for his involvement in twin cases of firing. He was again arrested by the police for his involvement in the murder of Vasudev Israni, an electronic businessman from the city.
9:25 am: The defense is also planning to put an argument stating lack of evidence and gun residue at the scene of crime which clearly indicates the blackbuck was not killed by a gun shot.
9:15 am: Salman’s brothers Arbaaz and Sohail Khan and his friend Sajid Nadiadwala will be taking the 11:45 am flight to Jodhpur today
9:00 am: As per reports, a 51 page argument has been filed by Salman’s legal team to challenge the 5 year jail sentence pronounced by the Jodhpur Court in the blackbuck poaching case. Eye witnesses suspected to be doubtful and “not reliable”
8:30 am: You might think Salman must be receiving all the special treatment inside the jail just because he’s a celebrity but Vikram Singh, Jodhpur DIG (Jail) spoke to News 18 and revealed, “No special treatment for Salman Khan, he will have to sleep on the floor and eat jail food.”
8:00 am: Celebrities and close friends like Sonakshi Sinha, Daisy Shahi, Malaika Arora have been visiting Salman’s Galaxy Apartments in Mumbai to stand by his family in this trying time. Here are a few pictures: