Salman Khan faces yet another setback

Salman Khan faces yet another setback

MUMBAI- Actor Salman Khan was on Saturday released from the Jodhpur jail after being granted bail by a Sessions Court in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he was sentenced to five years in jail.

The actor faces a setback as he has been barred by the Court from leaving the country.

Khan's release was ordered on a bail bond of ₹50,000. The court also allowed suspension of sentence during the pendency of Salman's appeal against his conviction. In addition, the court added a condition that Khan cannot leave the country without the court's permission.

He has been directed to appear in person on May 7 in the appellate court for hearing on his appeal against conviction and sentence.

Defence counsel Hastimal Saraswat said the court had accepted the grounds on which Salman's lawyers had argued.

Khan's fans, who had gathered outside the court, raised slogans in his support, with some shouting "Bajrangi Bhaijan". A crowd gathered outside the jail as well, cheering and raising slogans when the news reached. "Never jumped bail"

Earlier in the day on Saturday morning, both the defense counsel and the public prosecutor completed their arguments. Defense counsel Mahesh Bora told the court that Khan would not misuse his liberty if granted bail. “He never jumped the bail during the last 19 years,” Mr. Bora said.

Public Prosecutor Pokar Ram opposed the defense’s arguments and said the other cases of Salman's acquittal were pending in the Supreme Court and there was no finality in them as yet.

Khan was convicted of killing two endangered blackbucks and sentenced to five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay a fine of ₹10,000.