Bollywood superstar Salman Khan granted bail after poaching conviction

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While Salman Khan's millions of fans can't stop rejoicing at him being granted bail by a Jodhpur court in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has condemned the decision, reports news agency ANI.

Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer representing Bishnoi community, said that Khan can not leave the nation without the court's permission and will have to appear in Jodhpur again in person on 7 May.

Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi was transferred along with several other judicial officers on Friday night, but considering the importance of the Salman Khan Blackbuck pouching case, he made a decision to hear the bail hearing for the actor on Saturday morning.

Arguments were concluded in the morning but Judge Joshi reserved the order for post lunch session. Furthermore, previous year Forbes ranked Salman Khan as the ninth highest-paid actor in the world. The heavily muscled actor was acquitted in two related cases.

Mumbai: After spending two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail, actor Salman Khan was granted bail by Jodhpur Court in 1998 blackbuck poaching case.

As per a notice issued yesterday by the Registrar General of the Rajasthan High Court, Judge Joshi is one among 87 sessions court judges who have been transferred.

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But objecting to the defence counsel's arguments, public prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi urged the court to seek the record of the case from the trial court and go through it. Later, the high court had acquitted him in the case.

His attorney Mahesh Bora has challenged the conviction and sentence, and Salman will remain free pending the outcome of the appeal.

Khan, 52, was found guilty of violating Indian wildlife laws by killing a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope, in 1998.

He was accompanied by four fellow actors who were all shooting the film, Hum Saath Hain, at the time.

Coming to his professional commitments, Salman Khan will wrap up the shoot of Remo D'Souza's Race 3 before starting with Arbaaz Khan's Dabangg 3 and Alvira Agnihotri's Bharat.