Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been granted bail by the Jodhpur Sessions Court in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. The Dabangg Khan was convicted in the case on Thursday, April 5 by a lower court in Jodhpur and sentenced to five years imprisonment. The actor was granted bail in the case with bonds of Rs. 50,000.

Earlier in the day, the prosecution argued that the actor’s bail plea application should be rejected as the accounts of eyewitnesses proved that he killed the two blackbucks. The actor’s lawyer, Mahesh Bora, argued that the eyewitness accounts were filled with several discrepancies. The actor’s sisters Alvira Khan Agnihotri and Arpita Khan Sharma were present during the hearing.

This is the last of three poaching cases and an Arms Act case against Khan from 1998. The actor, who has been in jail since Thursday, has spent time in a Jodhpur jail twice in connection with the case. The actor had been sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday. However, the co-accused in the case, actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were acquitted.

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