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Obviously: Salman Khan passes Go, to pay Rs 50,000 bail after jail sentence suspended

He had been sentenced to 5 years in jail only 48 hours earlier.

[ The Indian Express reported:

THE district and sessions court in Jodhpur on Saturday granted bail to actor Salman Khan after suspending the order of a trial court that sentenced the actor to five years of imprisonment and slapped him with a fine of Rs 10,000.

Khan has been granted bail on the condition that he will have to produce two sureties worth Rs 25,000 each and a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000. The sentence has been suspended till the hearing of the actor’s appeal against the conviction. “The appellant/accused is also directed that during the time the appeal is decided, he cannot go outside India without permission of this court,” said the order.

A few hours after the court order, Khan, who has been lodged at the Jodhpur Central Jail ever since his conviction on Thursday, left the city. The next date for hearing on his appeal has been fixed for May 7 and the actor has been asked to be present at the court that day.

“It’s a baseless argument by the prosecution that the previous acquittals of Khan by the Rajasthan High Court cannot be termed as final because the government’s appeal is pending in Supreme Court. If the High Court decisions of acquittal are not final, then the five-year sentence of the trial court is also not final as it’s the lowest court and we are appealing against the decision,” Khan’s counsel Mahesh Bora argued in the court on Saturday. (Khan had been acquitted by the High Court in two cases of chinkara poaching in July 2016 and in one of case under the Arms Act in January 2017.)

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