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Blackbuck Poaching Case: Salman Khan To Spend Another Night In Prison, Bail Plea Reserved Till Saturday

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| April 6 , 2018 , 11:59 IST

Jodhpur Central Prison's Qaidi Number 106 aka Salman Khan will be spending another night in jail as the Jodhpur High Court has reserved order on his bail plea till tomorrow. The actor has already spent a reportedly restless night there after being convicted in the 1998 Blackbuck Poaching case.

Salman's lawyer Mahesh Bora has earlier told media that the argument is over and only order is reserved for tomorrow but prosecution lawyer clarified that that's not the case. Judge Ravinder Kumar Joshi has asked for records from previous cases judged by the Rural Court and High Court. 

"We have appealed against his conviction and have also applied for bail. We had argued that when the Gypsy in question was searched for the first time, bullets weren’t recovered and only bloodstains were found. The bullets were recovered after a few days when the vehicle was searched once again," Hastimal Saraswat, who appeared for Salman Khan claimed.

The 52-year-old is housed in the same barrack number 2 of prison as the self-acclaimed Godman and rapist Asaram. Sources suggest that the actor even shared his fellow prisoner's food, which is brought from a nearby Asharam every evening, after refusing to eat Jail's Dal-Roti.

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Another relevant source suggested that the actor's blood pressure shot up thrice through the night and only came under control when he was given a tablet. He has been given a simple wooden bed, a rug and a cooler in his cell. However, authorities are planning to switch his cell for Friday.

The actor had earlier spent a total of 18 days in the same prison in 1998, 2006 and 2007 respectively, all for cases of poaching. Termed as the 'habitual offender', Salman was convicted was killing two endangered blackbucks during the shooting of his film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998.

While 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 found guilty and sentenced for 5 years in prison and a monetary fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on him.

The actor was convicted under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. His bail plea filed on Thursday, right after the sentence was scheduled for hearing on Friday, to attend which Salman Khan's sisters - Alvira and Arpita Khan, along with his bodyguard Shera were present in the court.