District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi adjourned the bail hearing in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which the Bollywood superstar was convicted on Thursday. The 52-year-old actor was declared guilty by a judge for hunting the rare antelopes in forests near Jodhpur while filming "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998.
The Jodhpur Sessions Court will on Friday hear the bail plea of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in connection with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
In the petition, Salman Khan, citing his celebrity status, said that he got punishment because he is a celebrity. "Basically the eyewitness is not reliable ... the trial court has convicted Salman on the basis of basically just one eyewitness", Mahesh Bora, a lawyer for Khan, told reporters in Jodhpur, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
Khan, who has denied the poaching allegations, spent a night in Jodhpur Central Jail on Thursday, reported Inda's NDTV. The law has the provision of a maximum imprisonment of six years. He was also fined 10,000 Indian rupees ($150).
After a thorough medical check-up, the actor was given a blanket and allotted ward number 2 to spend the night. The actor was immediately taken to Jodhpur Central Jail where he is now lodged.
His sisters Alvira and Arpita, as well as bodyguard Shera were at the court when the verdict was announced. The judgement has come after 20 years from the incident, and since then, the actor has been able to change his image in the media as a more compassionate person.
According to trade analyst Komal Nahata, "Now whatever has been left in Race 3 will have to complete soon as the film is slated to release in June".
Salman's body language inside police station along with other constables clearly speaks volumes about the actor.
Khan, one of the Indian movie industry's most bankable stars, wore black sunglasses and a figure-hugging black shirt as he walked briskly from a white SUV to the courthouse flanked by security.