A Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday will decide whether to release Bollywood actor Salman Khan on bail in the 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case in which he was awarded five years of imprisonment.
Earlier speculations had been rife that the actor will have to spend one more day at Jodhpur Central Jail as the Judge, scheduled to hear the plea, was transferred on Friday.
Yes! In a major twist, the District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who heard the bail plea of the actor, has reportedly been transferred to Siroh by the Rajasthan High Court. He will be replaced by Chandra Kumar Songara, district and sessions judge of Bhilwara.
On account of administrative exigencies, 87 District judges along with Joshi were transferred in Rajasthan on Friday.
Bollywood's trade analyst Komal Nahta on Friday took to micro-blogging site Twitter and shared the news.
"BREAKING NEWS: Salman's bail order may not be delivered tomorrow as District&Sessions Judge hearing his bail plea, RavindraKumarJoshi, has been transferred vide Order of Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur No. Estt. (RJS)/20/2018 dated 6April to Sirohi. Total 87 routine transfers done," Nahta tweeted.
BREAKING NEWS: Salman's bail order may not be delivered tomorrow as District&Sessions Judge hearing his bail plea, RavindraKumarJoshi, has been transferred vide Order of Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur No. Estt. (RJS)/20/2018 dated 6April to Sirohi. Total 87 routine transfers done.— Komal Nahta (@KomalNahta) April 6, 2018
Here are the Live Updates on the 1998 blackbuck poaching case:
#03:00 PM: Salman Khan gets bail in 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
#12:00 PM: Verdict will be pronounced post lunch, we have concluded our arguments: Hastimal Saraswat, #SalmanKhan's lawyer #BlackBuckPaochingCase
#11:59 AM: No mobile phones or selfies are allowed, no outside food is coming inside, jail authorities are serving him food, says Jodhpur Jail official.
No mobile phones or selfies are allowed, no outside food is coming inside, jail authorities are serving him food: Jodhpur Jail official on #SalmanKhan #BlackBuckPaochingCase pic.twitter.com/rzHF89mfDa— ANI (@ANI) April 7, 2018
#11:11 AM: Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi will pronounce order at 2 pm.
#11:10 AM: Prosecutors have argued on the witness statement.
#10:58 AM: The argument is underway and the order likely to be pronounced in second half of the day.
#10:55 AM: Prosecution opposes Salman's bail application.
#10:48 AM: Salman should be punished for the crime that he has committed, a member of the Bishnoi samaj was quoted outside the court.
#10:40 AM: District & sessions court judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi is hearing the application.
#10:37 AM: Jodhpur Session court resumes hearing on Salman's bail plea.
#10:27 AM: Salman Khan's sister Alvira, Arpita and bodyguard Shera have been allowed inside the court.
#10:25 AM: Salman Khan's bodyguard Shera misbehaves with media outside court.
#10:22 AM: Salman Khan was likely to speak to his mother from jail.
#10:20 AM: Salman Khan's lawyer Anand Desai arrives at Jodhpur court.
#10:15 AM: Jodhpur Session court to pronounce order on Salman Khan's bail application on Saturday.
#9:49 AM: #Rajasthan: District & sessions court judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi arrives at Jodhpur Court, he will be hearing #SalmanKhan's bail plea. Khan was awarded a 5-year jail term in #BlackBuckPaochingCase
#Rajasthan: District & sessions court judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi arrives at Jodhpur Court, he will be hearing #SalmanKhan's bail plea. Khan was awarded a 5-year jail term in #BlackBuckPaochingCase. pic.twitter.com/9GsbkO6uTn— ANI (@ANI) April 7, 2018
Also Read | Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan gets bail
Soon after Salman convicted in the year-old blackbuck poaching case on Thursday, his lawyer moved a bail plea in the court. The plea was not heard on Thursday due to lack of time and brought up in the Session court on Friday. However, the court reserved its order in the bail hearing until April 7.
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.
The Hum Saath Saath Hain actor was lodged at the Jodhpur Central Jail as 'Qaidi No. 106' in 'Ward Number 2' and spent Thursday night and all of Friday in prison.