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Blackbuck Poaching Case: Order On Salman Khan's Bail Plea Awaited, Judge Scheduled To Transfer

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| April 7 , 2018 , 12:04 IST

The entire nation has been waiting for the order on Salman Khan's bail plea in the Blackbuck Poaching case with bated breath. Seems like their wait has been extended until after the lunch when the Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi is scheduled to pronounce his order.

Notably, the judge has been transferred to Sirohi and Saturday marks his last working day in the Jodhpur High Court. Incidentally, Judge Dev Kumar Khatri who pronounced Salman guilty in the case has also been transferred as a part of annual Rajasthan High Court reshuffle.

Rajasthan judges are usually transferred between April 15 and 30 every year and these 87 judicial officers have been transferred. While the bail plea was scheduled for hearing on Friday, Judge Joshi reserved the order for Saturday and asked for more documents including the files of previous cases judged by the Rural Court and High Court.

Salman has already spent two restless nights in Jodhpur Central Prison as Qaidi Number 106 and today's order will determine his fate further. Salman's lawyer Mahesh Bora had submitted a 51-page bail plea and quoted various loopholes in the investigation.

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Bora affirmed that no enquiry has proved that Salman used firearms and argued that the accounts of the eyewitnesses were unreliable. On Thursday, Salman was convicted of killing two endangered blackbucks during the shooting of his film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998.

If the actor is granted bail today, he will return to Mumbai along with his siblings and friends who are currently present in Jodhpur for the hearing. However, if the plea is rejected, Salman will be spending the weekend in Jail until a fresh application is filed in the Rajasthan High Court.

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 for allegedly killing two blackbucks - a species of deer revered by the Bishnoi community as sacred. The prosecution firmly believes that Salman Khan shouldn't be granted bail.