The Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday granted bail to the Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case of 1998 with two bonds of Rs 50,000 each.
District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi heard the arguments of prosecution and defence which lasted for about an hour and pronounced the order at around 3 pm, a defence counsel said.
Khan’s sisters — Alvira and Arpita — were present during the hearing. Salman had spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail after his sentencing on Thursday.
A day before, a Jodhpur court had convicted Salman Khan for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, 19 years ago while shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain, and sentenced him to five years in jail.
The other co-accused in the case — actors Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre — were acquitted of all charges.
According to sources, Salman Khan’s counsel Hastimal Saraswat argued that the actor has never jumped bail in the past and has always appeared for trials in the case.