Jodhpur: The hearing on Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s application for bail and suspension of sentence in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case has been completed and the order will be pronounced after lunch on Saturday, according to Indian media.
The court order is likely to be out after lunch around 2 pm.
The case was being heard by Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who was transferred by the Rajasthan High Court on Friday as a part of routine judicial exercise that has seen 87 other judges being shuffled around.
His sisters Alvira and Arpita, and long-time bodyguard Shera, were in court while the hearing was under way. Earlier, the state police have beefed up security outside the court and the Jodhpur Central jail.
The suspense on superstar’s bail plea after the transfer of Joshi came to an end when the judge resumed the hearing in the case on Saturday morning.
Joshi had reserved his judgement on Salman’s plea on Friday, asking for additional documents.
Later the same night, he was among the 87 judicial officers who were transfered in what was described as a routime administrative measure.
Though Joshi was tansfered to Sirohi in the same capacity, informed sources said he had been asked to continue with the bail hearing till its conclusion.
According to the Rajasthan High Court website, Judge Joshi’s name is at 14th in the transfer list, which names Chandra Shekhar Sharma as the new District and Session Court Judge in Jodhpur on his transfer from Sirohi.
Two more nights in jail for Salman?
If Salman fails to get bail on Saturday then he will have to spend two more nights in jail and will then have to move the Rajasthan High Court on Monday for bail.
Salman’s lawyer Mahesh Bora is representing him in court.