Salman Khan gets bail
On Thursday morning April 13, 2006, Salman Khan and his family breathed a sigh of relief when Khan was granted bail by the court in Jodhpur where the Chinkara poaching case was being heard. Salman Khan looked relieved as he was met by brother Sohail Khan, sister Alvira Khan and girlfriend Katrina Kaif outside jail.
After three days and three nights spent in the Jodhpur jail, sleeping on the hard floor with no pillow, eating ordinary meals and passing his time with his cellmate, Salman will finally be back in the comfort of his own home. Scores of fans had gathered outside the jail in Jodhpur to cheer on their hero and show their support for him. The crowd was ecstatic on hearing that Salman had received bail, and went into frenzy. The police had an extremely difficult time in controlling the crowds and they had to resort to a mild ‘lathi charge’ in order to control them.
On being granted bail, the district and sessions judge directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 2 Lakhs and two sureties of Rs. 1 lakh each. Salman was also given strict orders not to leave the country without prior permission from the court. The judge also admitted Salman’s appeal against his five-year sentence for killing a Chinkara in September 1998. The judge has set June 19 for the final hearing on the sentence. Salman was not present in the court when he was granted bail after the judge heard arguments made by the defense and prosecution lawyers.
Brother Sohail Khan said, “This was good news not only for Salman bhai, but for the entire family. Our mother has been discharged from the hospital in Mumbai.” While sis Alvira exclaimed that, she was very happy that her brother was finally released. Sajid Nadiadwala, David Dhawan and Govinda from the film fraternity were also present in Jodhpur, by the actor’s side when he was granted bail.
While Salman was in jail in Jodhpur and mother Salma Khan was hospitalized at Lilavati in Mumbai, many stars popped in at the hospital to lend their support to this family in their hour of crisis. Some of the stars who came to see Salma Khan were Boney Kapoor, Karishma Kapur, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapur, Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty, Suniel Shetty, David Dhawan, Subhash Ghai and Mukesh Talreja. However, one star who was hardly expected to make an appearance to see Salman’s mother also came along. Vivek Oberoi along with his father Suresh Oberoi and mother came in to show their support towards the Khan family. The Oberois also went to Salman’s house and met Salim Khan to convey their support to him. Well, it looks like now that Vivek is no longer seeing Miss Rai, he sees no reason not to bury the hatchet and move on.
Salman arrived at his Bandstand residence in the evening. Hordes of media personnel as well as his well-wishers and fans were already present outside his house much earlier, eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the star. After spending three days in a jail cell, we are sure that the star will just lie low for a while. Hopefully, his dark days are already behind him. Stay strong, Sallu!