Bollywood superstar Salman Khan finally received relief after spending two nights in Jodhpur jail after being convicted for the blackbuck poaching case – as the Jodhpur court has granted bail to Salman Khan and has ordered his release from the prison today.
During the shooting of a multi-starrer film Hum Saath Saath Hai in Jodhupur back in 1998, Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam Kothari and Sonal Bendre were alleged for late night hunting of two blackbucks, an endangered species. 20 years since the incident, the Jodhpur district court had convicted Salman Khan as guilty of blackbuck poaching and sentenced him with five years of imprisonment. Immediately after the hearing, the actor was arrested and jailed in Jodhpur District Jail while the co-accused actors Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were acquitted of all charges.
After spending two nights in Jodhpur jail, the bail hearing was made by Jodhpur sessions court when prosecution highlighted the credibility of witnesses and post-mortem reports of the two blackbucks that indicated that the animals were killed due to gunshot wounds. However, Khan’s lawyers argued that the only the bones of dead animals were sent out for post-mortem while their skin and flesh, which are crucial – were left out. Besides this, the defending lawyers also claimed that the witnesses were against the actor and were unreliable sources.
On ground of these arguments from the defending lawyers, the Jodhpur sessions court granted bail and ordered release of Salman Khan from the jail, today – after hearing since morning. Salman Khan has been asked to file a personal bail bond worth Rs 50,000 and present Rs 25,000 surety from two persons each who will guarantee that he will comply with all bail conditions. However, the actor cannot leave the country without court’s permission until the next hearing session on May 7.
Optimistically, the entire case can set a benchmark example regarding the seriousness of law protecting endangered species that the judicial system does not bias among anyone – when they commit a crime. On the other hand, it is disheartening to see how uncountable number of farce criminals, rapists and murders roam around freely in the country. The fact that the court doesn’t bias its judgement for anyone is a positive sign, but there are thousands of other more serious cases that are yet to be justified and will be awaiting for indefinite amount of time.