Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's bail hearing in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case which was scheduled for Monday has been adjourned to July 17.
Salman's sisters Arpita and Alvira have been present along with the actor in the court.His lawyers were to ask for the sentence to be formally suspended.
The plea was heard by district and session judge Chandra Kumar Songara. He spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central jail, before being granted bail by the sessions court on 7 April. District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi allowed Salman's plea for bail and suspension of the sentence so that he can file an appeal against his conviction and sentencing.
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Though Khan was convicted of killing the two blackbucks, a protected species, near a remote village in Jodhpur late on October 1 night in 1998 while shooting a movie, four of co-actors were acquitted by the court on "benefit of doubt" though all were charged by prosecutors.
Minutes after Salman Khan appeared before the court, he left with the court fixing the next date of hearing in July. His cast members, Neelam, Tabu and Saif Ali Khan were also accused of the crime, but were acquitted by the court, which also caused a lot of controversy on social media. A fifth person, Dushyant Singh, a local from the area, was also acquitted. It was earlier last month when the actor was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in the black poaching case.
Salman Khan has headed to Jodhpur for a fresh case in 1998 Blackbuck poaching case.
Salman Khan spotted leaving Mumbai airport.