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Superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to 5 years in prison by the Jodhpur Court in 1998 Blackbuck Poaching Case. The actor had filed a plea for the suspension of his sentence, in connection with which he appeared before the Jodhpur Districts and Sessions Court on Monday.
However, the hearing has reportedly been postponed until July 17. The actor had reached Jodhpur on Sunday along with his sister Alvira and bodyguard Shera for the hearing. Jodhpur District and Sessions Judge Chandra Kumar Songara was listed to hear Salman Khan's plea on May 7.
After spending two restless nights in Jodhpur Jail, the actor was granted bail by Jodhpur High Court on the surety of two personal bonds of Rs 25,000 each. Salman's lawyer Mahesh Bora has argued about loopholes in the investigation stating that accounts of the eyewitnesses were unreliable.
Days after his bail, the 52-year-old had filed a plea seeking permission to travel outside India as he is supposed to travel to Canada, Nepal and the USA from 25 May to 10 July, which has been granted by the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court.
Salman was convicted of killing two endangered blackbucks- a species of deer revered by the Bishnoi community as sacred, during the shooting of his film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison and a monetary fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on him.
Other actors accused in the case including Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam Kothari and Sonali Bendre along with a local, Dushyant Singh were acquitted, Salman was convicted under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act for allegedly killing two blackbucks.