After a legal battle that lasted almost 20 years, a popular Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after being convicted of illegal poaching in a decades-old case, prosecutors said on Thursday.
His lawyer Hastimal Saraswat is ready with a 51-page bail application, where 54 grounds have been raised for the judge to consider and grant the convicted actor bail.
Khan, who was in court for the ruling in the western city of Jodhpur, was taken to a local prison after the verdict, though he is likely to be freed on bail in the next few days.
Former Bigg Boss 8 contestant Pritam Singh, who was unhappy with the court's verdict, said that Salman Khan is paying the price for being a popular celebrity. "All his co-actors (Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam) were in a Gypsy that night with Salman in the driving seat".
Seems like Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's A-list actors will have to spend another night in cell.
A penalty of Rs. 10,000 was also levied on him. However, the court acquitted them for lack of evidence. The actress spent about an hour with him in the jail.
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His family members, including sisters Arpita and Alvira, have been in Jodhpur since Wednesday to be with Khan.
Media's extraordinary attention to Salman's blackbuck poaching case has got mixed reactions.
The petition has referred to several cases of the Supreme Court and High Courts, where the courts have not given so severe a punishment in the long case that has been going on for 20 years. This news surely has shocked the whole Bollywood industry as now, he is the biggest superstar of Bollywood industry.
Bollywood quickly rallied to Khan's defense.
After hearing both the sides on the bail plea, District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi reserved its decision till tomorrow.
Mumbai resident Naseem Khan told ABP News that he had contacted Being Human Foundation on Wednesday, a day before, Salman was convicted, for help as he urgently needed Rs 1.30 lakh for his mother's treatment.