SALMAN Khan Accorded Hero’s Welcome In His Home Town After He Walks Out Of Jail On Bail

BOLLYWOOD actor Salman Khan,52, was on Saturday night   given  hero’s welcome by his fans on his return to Mumbai after he was granted conditional bail by Jodhpur Sessions Court in the blackbuck poaching case of 1998 with two bonds INR 50,000 each. The actor cannot leave the country without the court’s permission and will have to return to the court on May 7 for another hearing. The Bishnoi Community has announced to move the Rajasthan High Court against the bail given to the actor. Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had reserved Salman Khan’s bail plea on Friday for today. On Thursday, a Jodhpur court had convicted the Bollywood star for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, 19 years ago while shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain, a blockbuster on a Rajasthani family, and sentenced him to five years in jail. The other four co-accused in the case —  Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre — were acquitted of all charges for benefit of doubt. They starred with him in the Hindi movie. Judge Joshi, who was scheduled to hear the actor’s bail plea in the blackbuck poaching case on Saturday, has been transferred by the Rajasthan High Court, along with 87 other district judges. The judge had asked for more documents, such as files of previous cases heard by Rural and High Courts before taking a decision on the actor’s bail plea. Dev Kumar Khatri, the judge who had sentenced Salman Khan to jail for killing the two blackbucks 20 years ago, has also been transferred out in the major reshuffle of Rajasthan’s judicial officers.  Judge Khatri will be replaced by Samrendra Singh Sikarwar, the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Udaipur. Salman Khan’s case was presented in the session’s court on Friday by senior advocate Mahesh Bora with a 51-page bail application. He said the witnesses’ statement should not be trusted in the case and argued that the actor should be given the benefit of the doubt. He also questioned why only Salman Khan had been convicted and all other co-accused acquitted. The Bollywood actors accused in this case allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village. Salman Khan has been asked to submit his passport. The Bishnois are known for their love for nature worship and wildlife conservation. It was this community that pursued this matter with a conviction for the killings which is deemed to be a crime, not only towards the animal but also to their belief. The Bishnois of Jodhpur consider the blackbuck to be the reincarnation of their religious Guru Bhagwan Jambheshwar also known as Jambaji. A Bishnoi, therefore, would never tolerate the killing of wild animals or the cutting down of a tree. The origins of the Bishnois community go as far in the past as the late 15th Century. Blackbucks and chinkaras are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, but the Bishnois consider the former as sacred. Meanwhile, film producers of his under production projects have also expressed happiness over his release on bail.

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