Indo-Asian News Service
Jodhpur, (IANS) Bollywood star Salman Khan
was free to go home Thursday after a court here granted him bail,
ending his three-night jail spell for killing a chinkara, a protected
species of gazelle.
In the district and sessions court, which put in suspension the
five-year sentence of the lower court, were Salman's friends and
family. Directors David Dhawan and Sajid Nadiadwala, actor Govinda,
brother Sohail and sister Alvira were present in court. His girlfriend
Katrina Kaif was also present in the morning.
"The district and sessions court granted bail to Salman on a
personal bond of Rs.200,000 and two personal sureties of Rs.100,000
each," the actor's counsel Hastimal Saraswat told IANS.
The actor is expected to fly back to Mumbai later Thursday, maybe on
the chartered flight of NRI friend Anoop Paul, who had come to see him
Wednesday, friends close to the actor said.
His counsel had cited 38 reasons for an early hearing of the bail
application, including his mother's sickness.
Salman was first asked to deposit the fine amount of Rs.25,000 and
then granted bail.
The bail application had been filed in the district and sessions
court here Wednesday.
The chief judicial magistrate had Monday sentenced Khan to five
years "rigorous" imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.25,000 in
connection with the poaching of the endangered chinkara in the Ghoda
farm near here in September 1998.
Salman, who faces four cases in Jodhpur, was earlier sentenced to
one-year imprisonment by the same court Feb 17 for killing of two
chinkaras in the same year when he was shooting for the film "Hum Saath
Saath Hain". The other cases relate to the poaching of blackbucks and
one under the Arms Act.
Editor's Note: Later Salman was spotted on a building roof, stripping his shirt to greet fans.