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Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan released from Jodhpur jail after getting bail

Khan walked out of the jail after the prison authorities received the court papers granting him bail, the official said.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Jodhpur [ Updated: April 07, 2018 19:52 IST ]
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Salman Khan walks out of Jodhpur jail

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was released from the Jodhpur jail on Saturday after being granted bail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he was sentenced to five years in prison. 

Khan looked composed as he stepped out of the Jodhpur Central Jail along with heavy police force, and was accompanied by bodyguard Shera.

Earlier, district and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi allowed Khan's plea for bail and suspension of sentence for a month to allow him to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

In what came as a major relief for the actor, Khan was granted bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of like amount.

The 52-year-old, who had spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail after his sentencing on Thursday, was driven under police escort to the airport here.

Khan walked out of the jail after the prison authorities received the court papers granting him bail, the official said.

Khan's sisters had reached the airport before his release. Later, Salman reached Jodhpur airport as bodyguard Shera accompanied him.

Earlier, district and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi allowed Khan's plea for bail and suspension of sentence for a month to allow him to appeal against his conviction and sentence. 

Earlier in the day, the judge heard the arguments of prosecution and defence which lasted for about an hour and pronounced the order at around 3 pm, a defence counsel said. 

Khan's sisters - Alvira and Arpita - were present during the hearing as well. 

The actor was convicted by a trial court and sentenced to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks during the shooting of "Hum Saath Saath Hain" here. 

In a late night development, an order was issued to transfer Joshi to Sirohi, as part of a reshuffle. He was among 134 judges transferred by the registrar general of the Rajasthan High Court. 

WATCH VIDEO: When Salman Khan walked out of Jodhpur jail after bail

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