Salman Khan gets bail in blackbuck poaching case
A court in Rajasthan has granted bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Salman will be allowed to remain free while he appeals his conviction on charges of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve in Rajasthan two decades ago.
Khan was convicted on Thursday and sentenced to five years in prison. He was immediately sent to jail. On Saturday, Salman was ordered to sign a surety bond of Rs 50,000 before he could be set free from jail.
After he was released, he was driven straight to the airport to fly to his home in Mumbai.
Salman's fans were outside the courtroom as the verdict was delivered. They shouted - 'We love you, Salman'. His sisters, Alvira and Arpita, were present during the hearing.
Four other Bollywood stars who were also accused in the case, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu, and Neelam, were acquitted on Thursday. They were in the jeep that Salman was believed to be driving during the hunt in 1998.
Salman says he did not shoot the two blackbuck deer.
The blackbuck is an endangered species protected under the Indian Wildlife Act.
Salman has faced other charges in the past. In 2014, the Bombay High Court acquitted him in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run case, after he was accused of running over five men sleeping on a pavement. One of them was killed.