Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan seeks permission to travel abroad (File Photo)
Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who was granted bail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, on Friday filed a plea in the Jodhpur sessions court, seeking permanent permission to travel abroad.
The court will rule on Saturday if the superstar needs to seek its permission every time he travels outside country.
Khan's counsel Mahesh Bora, who moved the application before the court, said, Salman is a superstar and his profession demands him to travel abroad frequently.
Public prosecutor P R Bishnoi opposed the application for exemption from travel permission, arguing that the trial will be over soon. The court, however, reserved its order on the application and will pronounce it on Saturday.
Earlier in April, the Race 3 actor was granted permission to visit four countries including US, Canada and Nepal from May 25 to July 10. The actor has been allowed to travel abroad on as many as 100 occasions by the trial court and 33 times by the high court in the past.
On April 5, Salman was found guilty in the 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case and was awarded five years of imprisonment. The actor was convicted for killing two blackbucks in Jodhpur during the shooting of his movie Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998.
The Tubelight start spent two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail and was later granted bail on two bail bonds of Rs 25,000 each. The Jodhpur court had directed Salman to seek permission before stepping outside the country.
Apart from Salman, actor Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and a local named Dushyant Singh were accused in the case. While Salman was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, others were acquitted due to lack of evidence against them.