An Indian court on Friday chose to reserve its order on Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bail plea until Saturday. The actor will have to produce two surety bonds of Rs 25,000 each, following which he will be released from jail. Celebrities like Adnan Sami have also tweeted about their happiness that the actor has returned to the world.
The 52-year-old actor was sentenced to five years for killing two blackbucks 20 years ago in Kankani village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, during the shooting of a multi-starrer, "Hum Saath Saath Hain". After hearing both sides of the arguments, judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi shut his eyes for few minutes, smiled and said he needed some time. He was sent to Jodhpur Central Jail and was given the tag of "Qaidi no 106".
Last year, another court in Jodhpur acquitted Khan in a separate poaching case, ruling that there was no proof that Khan had killed an endangered gazelle.
Khan is one of Bollywood's biggest stars who has starred in more than 100 films.
Officers have insisted that Khan has been treated no differently from the other inmates at the Jodhpur Central Jail.
So who are these Bishnois (the nature-loving sect of Vishnu-worshippers) who brought down Salman Khan to his knees?
Bollywood actor Salman Khan (Second L) Finds a court at Jodhpur at the american state of Rajasthan, India, April 5, 2018.
The other four accused - actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre - were acquitted in the case. According to jail superintendent Vikram Singh, Zinta visited Salman Khan in the afternoon. In 2015, Bollywood's sweetheart was found guilty in a deadly hit-and-run accident and received a five-year prison sentence. Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha who is a close friend of the Khan family spent Thursday evening with Salman's father Salim Khan and his daughter and actor Sonakshi Sinha was also there with them.