Salman Khan’s bail hearing postponed


A sessions court in Jodhpur recently upheld actor Salman Khan’s verdict of five years imprisonment in a poaching case and issued an arrest warrant. Salman was not present during the court sentencing but on Saturday morning he went to Jodhpur and surrendered himself before the police. The police arrested Salman at the Jodhpur airport ; he was taken to court and after legal procedures was then taken to prison.
Salman has already spent four days and nights in prison as on Monday the Rajasthan High Court deferred Salman’s revision petition and bail plea till Wednesday. However today when Salman’s bail hearing came up, new problems seemed to surface, the judge hearing Salman’s bail plea had to step aside as he has been a lawyer to a witness in the case. The Rajasthan High Court postponed the hearing for Salman’s bail plea to Thursday. So Salman will now have to spend another night in jail and if the actor does not manage to secure bail tomorrow, he will invariably get a bail hearing only next week on Monday as Friday is a lawyers strike and the court is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The only respite that Salman has received in these few days in jail was on Sunday afternoon, when his family, his sister Alvira, brother Arbaaz and girlfriend Katrina Kaif received special permission from jail authorities to visit him. However on Monday when Salman’s parents Salim and Salma Khan came to visit him, they were not granted permission because as per the rules prisoners are allowed visitors once in only 15 days. Salman was extremely disappointed and did not even have dinner that night. However on rakshabandhan festival like others, Salman’s family including his parents and two sisters Alvira and Arpita were allowed to visit him. Salman’s sisters tied him rakhi and even fed him sweets, but he promised them that although he did not have gifts to give them now, he would gift them something later. Salman’s mother got extremely emotional after seeing her son in jail.

The actor is prisoner no 343 and is not being given any special treatment by jail authorities. Salman was given ordinary prison breakfast of gur (jaggery) and channa (roasted gram), like other prisoners he too awakened extremely early and did some routine exercise. Sources claim that Salman did not sleep too well in prison on his first night. Salman Khan is also spending his time in jail making sketches and portraits. Salman’s family and friends in the film industry continue to support and pray for his release. Salman has four poaching cases against him and also a hit and run accident case in Mumbai. The actor was recently seen in the film Partner which was a hit and he has several films pending. Salman will soon be seen in films like Boney Kapoor’s film Wanted Dead or Alive which is the remake of Tamil hit Pokhiri, God Tussi Great Ho with Amitabh, sequel to Partner, his home production etc.