blackbuck poaching case verdict Live Updates: The Jodhpur district and sessions court is likely to pronounce its verdict on a bail plea filed by Salman Khan today. The matter was heard by the district and sessions court on Friday but the verdict was reserved till Saturday. In his arguments, defence counsel Mahesh Bora said there were various loopholes in the investigation and argued that no investigation in any of the cases of poaching proved that Salman used firearms. He also said that the eyewitness in the case was not reliable. The magistrate Ravindra Kumar Joshi sought the record of the case from the lower court.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan who was convicted in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case, was sentenced to five years in prison and was fined Rs 10,000 on Thursday. He was sent to Jodhpur Central Jail and was given the tag of “Qaidi no 106”. Meanwhile, Salman Khan had to spend another night in Jodhpur jail as the court reserved its decision on the actor’s bail plea.
Track the Live Updates on Salman Khan bail hearing in Blackbuck poaching case:
11: 30 am: Salman Khan’s sisters leave Jodhpur Court as Judge Joshi reserves the decision on Salman Khan’s bail plea till 2 PM.
11: 18 am: Salman Khan has been facing these charges for the last 20 years. He has not misbehaved and has corporated with the investigation: Mahesh Bora, Chief Counsel of Salman’s legal team
11: 10 am: “Verdict will be pronounced post lunch, we have concluded our arguments,” Hastimal Saraswat, Salman Khan’s lawyer Black Buck Paoching Case
11: 05 am: “Actor has accepted all terms and conditions for bail,” says lawyer.
10: 55 am: As per the TV reports, The bail order for Salman Khan is not reserved by Justice Joshi yet. The order is likely to be announced by afternoon.
10: 52 am: Prosecution said Salman Khan must not be given bail. They are also arguing on the statement given by the eyewitness.
10: 48 am: Prosecution reads out the eyewitness account before the judge and said that the rural court’s verdict should not be suspended. The eyewitness account proves Salman Khan’s crime, the Prosecution read.
10: 45 am: The hearing inside the courtroom is underway. Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi reads out the provisions, briefs both sides.
10: 37 am: As per the TV report, lower court judge Dev Kumar Khatri, who convicted Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case has left the sessions court after meeting judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
10: 30 am: Hearing on Salman Khan’s bail plea begins in Jodhpur Court.
10: 26 am: Salman Khan’s defence lawyers arrive in Jodhpur Court as they continue to be hopeful over Salman Khan’s bail.
10: 20 am: Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha thinks the court verdict has been harsh and that Salman has suffered enough in this case. “I spent a lot of time with Salim Saab on Thursday evening. It is always a pleasure to spend time with him. He is so well-informed. I call him Salim Pandit. The current crisis (Salman’s imprisonment) has not made him lose his sense of humour at all. He was full of life and very optimistic about his son’s release soon. We all are,” he said.
10: 16 am: Salman Khan’s sisters Alvira & Arpita arrive at the Jodhpur Court for the bail hearing.
10: 10 am: Salman Khan’s bail plea must be heard, says an advocate in Salman’s legal team.
9: 59 am: Fans of ‘Bhai’ have flocked Jodhpur Jail where Salman Khan has been lodged as they demand Salman Khan’s release.
9: 50 am: District & sessions court judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi has arrived at Jodhpur Court, he will be hearing Salman Khan’s bail plea. Khan was awarded a 5-year jail term.
9: 30 am: In a big relief for Salman Khan, Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi who was transferred to Sirohi, as per the TV reports, will come to court to hear the case further.
9: 23 am: In the latest update, Salman Khan case is on the list at No. 15.
9: 18 am: Mahipal Bishnoi, Bishnoi Community’s lawyer said that it is to judge’s own discretion whether he wants to continue hearing the case or not. “In high profile cases, it is left to judge’s own discretion whether he wants to continue hearing the case or recuse himself and allow his replacement to take over proceedings,” he said.
9: 08 am: Bollywood’s trade analyst Komal Nahta on Friday took to micro-blogging site Twitter and shared the news.
8: 52 am:The actor had on Thursday appealed for a bail following his conviction in the 20-year-old case.
8: 42 am: The Rajasthan High Court transferred Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi along with other 87 district judges. Joshi was scheduled to take the decision on the bail plea, filed by the actor in Jodhpur Sessions Court on Saturday.
8: 20 am: After routine transfer dashes Salman Khan’s hope of getting a bail tody. Now the actor’s leagal team are planning the next course of action.
8: 01 am: Salman’s proceedings judge has been trasnfered, according to TV reports. The actor’s wait likely to continue for some more time now. The bail unlikely for him today.
7: 52 AM: The medical board report stated that there were holes, one inch in diameter, in the bones of blackbuck carcasses and this could be caused by shots fired from a gun. Relying on this report, the trial court refused to admit the argument of the defence that the hole had been made by the investigator using a charred piece of coal just to establish the story of poaching and frame Salman in the case. The defence counsel had argued in the court that such a hole could be made using burnt coal but failed to establish the same, leading the court to conclude that it was gun shot.
7: 48 am: The trial court, while convicting Salman Khan mentioned that it has been proved beyond doubt that the Bollywood superstar had shot them. It was the second post-mortem report of the two blackbucks that played a key role in proving that the animals had died of gunshots.
7: 28 am: Quadi no 106, who spend another day in jail after a sessions court reserved its decision on his bail plea till Saturday, was given sprouts and milk for breakfast after a late Thursday night, said Deputy Inspector General (jails) Vikram Singh.
7: 16 am: Salman Khan, was convicted in a 1998 poaching case, spent a restless night in Jodhpur Central Jail’s barrack number 2 and is being given no-frill meals with no concessions for his star status, a jail official said.
7: 10 am: Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
7: 05 am: The actor was sentenced to five years in prison on April 5 after being held guilty of killing two blackbucks in Jodhpur during the shooting of his movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998. The actor is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail.