Hearing of Salman Khan's bail plea will take place tomorrow

Salman Khan has now spent some time in Jodhpur Central Jail, awaiting the District and Sessions judge to hear his bail plea after being convicted in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Jodhpur Session court Judge Dev Kumar Khatri has been transferred in a major reshuffle of Rajasthan's judicial officers ordered by the states High Court.

The lawyer has claimed that the messages said, "Salman Khan ka case ko chor dijiye, warna goli maarenge (leave Slaman Khan's case or else you will be shot )".

Salman Khan has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and has been slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 for killing two blackbucks on that fateful night of October 2, 1998 during the shoot of Hum Saath Saath Hain at a village in Rajasthan.

Fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam, all of whom were also accused in the case, were acquitted in the matter.

Animal rights activists welcomed the court's decision of sentencing Salman Khan and demanded maximum punishment for the actor in the blackbuck poaching case.

Judge Joshi on Friday had said that he will study the actor's case before taking a decision on his bail plea.

Salman Khan, a 52-year-old baby-faced leading man, was accused by members of the Bishnoi religious sect in western India of shooting at a group of rare antelope on a hunting trip while filming a movie in 1998.

All the actors were in a Gypsy SUV that night with Salman in the driving seat. The court said that the hearing will continue on Saturday and the bail application will be decided only after examining the records. Later, actor Preity Zinta, who has acted with him in several films, met him in the jail.

It was reported, however, that the superstar rejected the meal served to him and has been suffering from high blood pressure since last night.

Film industry analysts say Khan has almost $90 million riding on him with at least three big projects in the pipeline.

"We argued for bail in the court".

Joshi ordered that the entire file relating to the case be placed before him and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (Saturday). A meeting was arranged in the visitor's room, where they chatted for about half an hour, sources said.

  • Gwendolyn Kim