Bollywood actor Salman Khan need to spend another night in Jodhpur jail as as Qaidi No. 106 as the Jodhpur sessions court will pass its order on his bail plea tomorrow morning. The actor had been jailed here three times in the past in 1998, 2006 and 2007, and had spent 18 days in total.
Salman Khan and his friends were booked for killing a black buck on the night of October 1-2 in 1998 at a reserve forest near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain". His other Bollywood buddies Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were acquitted in the case on Thursday.
Appealing for Salman Khan’s plea, his lawyer Hastimal Saraswat has reportedly raised 54 grounds seeking the actor’s bail but the remarks made by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri on Thursday — describing Salman Khan a "habitual offender" under the wildlife protection laws of the country — may stand in the way.
The members of Bishnoi community, who worship the deer believing that it is a reincarnation of a 600-year-old guru, were fighting the case against the actor and his friends since they chased them and handed then over to the forest officials on the fateful night of Oct. 1, 1998.
Though Salman Khan was able to come out of his other legal battle in which he was booked under the allegations of killing a homeless man on Mumbai footpath in a drunken driving case, the Bishnoi community was steadfast nailing him down with their witness version in the court.
But the Bollywood is aghast as they have put Rs.600 crore on him, completely aware of the legal battle he was facing in the last 20 years. Unlike Sunil Dutt, who underwent similar prison term for over three years, the stakes were not so high as is the case now with Salman Khan, who is currently acting in "Race 3", "Dabangg 3", "Partner 2", "Kick 2′, "Bharat", "No Entry Mein Entry", "Sher Khan" and "Loveratri". Above all, the upcoming new edition of reality show "Bigg Boss" may have to do with some other host this year.
Though the actor has evolved from a trigger-happy hunter to a ‘Being Human’ philanthropist, the rule of law should remain the same for every one.