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Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan has to seek permission from court for every foreign trip

Salman Khan had walked out of the Jodhpur Central Jail on April 7, two days after he was sentenced to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks in 1998 in Kankani village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, during the shooting of a multi-starrer, "Hum Saath Saath Hain".

New Delhi: A Jodhpur court on Saturday ruled that actor Salman Khan will have to take permission from the court everytime he needs to travel abroad. Salman, who was released on bail in the 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case with a condition that he would need the court’s permission for his travels outside the country, had filed a plea that he be exempted from the order.

The application was submitted on Friday in the court of District and Sessions Judge Chandra Kumar Songara, reported Hindustan Times.

Salman Khan had walked out of the Jodhpur Central Jail on April 7, two days after he was sentenced to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks in 1998 in Kankani village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, during the shooting of a multi-starrer, Hum Saath Saath Hain. Co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were acquitted.

Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who had ordered his release on bail, had said that the actor can’t leave the country without the court’s permission. After that, every time the 52-year-old actor had travelled abroad, he had to inform the court.

Salman’s counsel Mahesh Bora had argued that the actor’s conviction did not hold ground as the evidence provided by the other party was rejected by court in two other poaching cases involving the actor, reportsNDTV. The Gypsy car used for the alleged incident was ruled unreliable by the high court. His lawyers further claimed that the actor was being framed with false evidences and witnesses.

Salman Khan has also appealed against the five-year sentence in the case. Public prosecutor PR Bishnoi had objected to his application for foreign travel saying that the arguments would close soon and a permanent exemption would not be appropriate.

The case against Salman Khan was brought by members of the Bishnoi community, who worship antelopes. The community has pursued the case for almost two decades and welcomed his conviction.

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