Actor Salman Khan is likely to leave jail by 4.15 pm, reports News18. The report also expands on the details of Salman’s bail plea. The actor was released on a personal bond of Rs 50,000. The suspension of his sentence has been allowed, pending a decision on the appeal filed by Salman’s legal team.
In his 201 Page verdict, Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri said that since the culprit is an actor and has a substantial following, thus his actions are observed and followed by the masses.
“The accused is a popular actor whose deeds are followed by people. Despite this, the accused hunted two black bucks. It is not justified to give Salman Khan the benefit of probation in view of the manner in which he hunted by shooting two innocent, moot black bucks that come under the purview of the Wildlife Conservation Act,” the verdict had said.
Speaking to reporters outside the Jodhpur Sessions Court, Salman Khan’s chief counsel Mahesh Bora said that they argued the actor has cooperated with authorities throughout. “He has been facing these charges for the last 20 years. He has not misbehaved and has cooperated with the investigation,” Bora said.
The prosecution on Saturday argued that Salman Khan’s bail plea application should be rejected on the basis of eyewitness accounts, which they said proves the actor’s guilt in killing two blackbucks in October 1998. The defense counsel, on the hand, argued that the eyewitness accounts are not true and filled with several discrepancies.