Hearing on Salman’s bail plea deferred; To continue tomorrow

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Jodhpur: Bollywood actor Salman Khan at the Jodhpur city court, April 5, 2018. PTI

Jodhpur: Bollywood actor Salman Khan at the Jodhpur city court, April 5, 2018.

Jodhpur sessions court will continue the hearing on the bail plea of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who was on Thursday convicted in the infamous Black Buck poaching case, on Saturday. The Actor, who was sentenced to five years in jail, had moved his bail application soon after the trial court’s verdict on Thursday.

The hearing on his plea seeking the suspension of sentence and the bail application began on Friday morning. As the court sought records of the case from the lower court, the hearing was deferred for a day.

Earlier in the hearing on Friday, Salman’s counsel Mahesh Bora said there were various loopholes in the investigation. He argued that no investigation in any of the cases of poaching proved that Salman used firearms. “We have argued that the eyewitness in the case was not reliable,” Bora said.

On Thursday, while convicting Salman Khan, the court acquitted actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre, who had faced trial as the co-accused. One more person Dushyant Singh was acquitted as well.

Salman Khan had faced trial under the charges of Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, while other actors faced trial charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

The actors are accused of hunting down two black bucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in village Kankani near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998. The actors were in the city for the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

(With inputs from PTI)