Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan Has Been Granted BAIL By The Jodhpur Court

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The actor is not allowed to leave the nation without the permission of the court and also have to report back to jail by May 7. The actor was joined by his sisters, Alvira and Arpita, at the court, as well as his trusted bodyguard, Shera.

On Thursday, Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) Dev Kumar Khatri had convicted Salman Khan.

Though the actor was in the Jodhpur jail, his family members, including parents Salim and Salma Khan, brothers Sohail and Arbaaz, were in Mumbai and the mood outside his house was sombre till the news of his bail came in.

But the animal rights group Peta said it was disappointed with Khan's token bail.

Khan will appeal against his conviction at a higher court. This was going to be the actor's fourth stint in this prison.

Instead, he has accused the forest department of framing him "for publicity".

The blackbuck, an endangered species, is protected under Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife Act and the punishment for hunting blackbuck can be up to six years.

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Salman's alleged accomplices in the crime, Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were set free.

Today he's considered one of India's biggest celebrities - to the point where he's often mobbed in public - and is still one of Bollywood's biggest draws despite his brushes with the law.

Khan has made a series of blockbuster hits in the last few years with the latest in December, "Tiger Zinda Hai", grossing more than 3 billion rupees ($52 million) at the box office. The religious sect, which reveres nature and wildlife, is intensely protective of the endangered antelope. "This has nothing to do with Khan's personality as an actor", he said.

Salman got bail with a rider. "After working with him so closely I have become a huge fan of him not only as an actor but also as a human being", Remo D'Souza told the Press Trust of India.

Khan, was previously sentenced to seven years in prison in 2006 but only spent one day before he was granted bail. "If the High Court's decision of acquittal is not final, then the five-year sentence by the trial court is also not final as it's the lowest court and we will be appealing against the decision", Salman's counsel Mahesh Bora had argued in the court on Saturday.

But while his fans and producers of costly upcoming films may be relieved, Khan still faces a major courtroom drama. Their lawyer was quoted stating that an appeal will be filed against Khan's bail in the Rajasthan High Court.

The judges found that prosecutors had failed to prove charges of culpable homicide.

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