'Qaidi number 106' Salman served dal-roti on first night in jail

Salman's arrival has put Jodhpur police on toes after Lawrence Bishnoi a gangster had told the media a few weeks ago that his followers will kill Salman on his verdict day. File

Salman Khan, Bollywood's Superstar 'Bad Boy,' Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Poaching

The district and sessions court here heard arguments on the suspension of sentence and bail application before deferring the matter till Saturday.

According to DIG Jodhpur (Jail) Vikram Singh, Salman Khan made no special demands for his stay and had his first meal of the day inside the prison itself. "Basically the eyewitness is not reliable ... the trial court has convicted Salman on the basis of basically just one eyewitness", Mahesh Bora, a lawyer for Khan, told reporters in Jodhpur, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.

The court of chief judicial magistrate (Jaipur rural) had sentenced Salman Khan to five years imprisonment in connection with almost 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case on Monday. About a decade ago, the actor was serving a short sentence period at Jodhpur Central jail. The actor has been awarded a five year jail term, in addition to a fine of Rs 10,000.

Legal counsel Anand Desai pointed out how Salman has been acquitted in other cases where the facts were the same as the 1998 poaching case. However, Salman's lawyer had pleaded for minimum sentence.

Salman, 52, was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, hunting of which is prohibited by law.

Salman's sisters Alvira and Arpita and brother Arbaaz and Sohail are in Jodhpur to support him. Other accused in the case - Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam - were acquitted in the case after the court gave them benefit of doubt.

Salman had a total of four separate cases registered against him in connection with the poaching of blackbucks and chinkara. One clear example of the previous is the Bollywood star, #salman khan who has been involved in several cases with the justice, generating controversy in India. This means that the actor will have to spend at least one more night in police custody. Khan plans to appeal the verdict to the Supreme court, but until then he will be in prison.

Decision on Salman Khan's bail plea in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case has been reserved until Saturday, 7 April.

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