Jodhpur: Salman Khan will have to spend all of Friday in jail as well after Jodhpur Session's Court reserved bail order till Saturday. The actor was pronounced guilty of shooting two blackbucks in a case dating back to 1998, and was sentenced to five years in prison.
While Salman had to spend Thursday night in Jodhpur Central Jail, his legal team was hopeful of securing a bail on Friday. It was not meant to be though as the court reserved its order till Saturday. Defence lawyers said that arguments in the court have been completed and that no further delay is expected. Legal experts told Zee News that a judge usually reserves his/her order when he/she wants to give out a detailed bail order.
In court, Salman's lawyers had argued that the Bollywood superstar should be given bail at the earliest because there was a threat to his life. A member of the defence team even said that he had received threat calls asking him to drop the case. The order on the bail application though was nonetheless reserved. If granted bail on Saturday, he could be released by evening.
It is reported that defence lawyers also presented a 51-page report arguing why the five-year sentence should be reduced and why bail should be granted.
Salman and the other Bollywood stars had been accused of poaching two blackbucks - an endangered animal - in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 2, 1998, during the shooting of the movie 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'. While Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were acquitted, Salman was found guilty.
The 52-year-old was taken to Jodhpur Central Jail where he was put in barrack No. 2 which had four blankets, a wooden bed and a cooler. He was given daal and roti for dinner which he reportedly refused. Jail authorities maintain that no special privilege is being given to him.