Blackbuck poaching case: Fans celebrate Salman's bail

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The actor reached Mumbai from Jodhpur by a chartered aircraft.

Chief judicial magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reportedly described the star as a "habitual offender" as he was sentenced on Thursday. The police had made tight security arrangements.

The court's ruling against Khan, who has 32.5 million followers on Twitter and was promoting his movie last week, sparked worries among Bollywood traders.

The actor enjoys a cult-like status and is affectionately known by the Hindi name "bhai", or "brother". He had been sentenced to prison terms of between one and five years in related cases before being acquitted by appeals courts for lack of evidence.

But objecting to the defence counsel's arguments, public prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi urged the court to seek the record of the case from the trial court and go through it. Mahipal Bishnoi, the Bishnoi community's lawyer said to News18 that the 52-year-old actor can not leave the country without the court's permission.

He was granted bail in blackbuck poaching case by a court earlier in the day.

Seven, including bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelma and Tabu, were accused in the case.

Salman says he did not shoot the two blackbucks.

Judge Joshi said during the trial, Khan had never misused any condition.

Salman Khan was granted bail, today, much to the joy of his fandom and others, in the case of killing two Blackbucks in 1998.

He was accompanied by four fellow actors who were all shooting the film, Hum Saath Hain, at the time.

Most of his family members, including sisters Arpita and Alvira, have been in Jodhpur since Wednesday to be with Khan. He was among 134 judges transferred by the high court registrar general.

Some actors came out in Khan's support.

"Almost 90 per cent of the shoot for "Race 3" is over and the remaining portions will mostly be shot in India", he said. "We would also like to thank the judiciary for granting him bail", said filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, the convenor of The Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA).

Khan who ranks among the highest paid actors in the world has accused Rajasthan's forest department of trying to set him up.

Not only Bollywood, even stocks associated with brand Salman Khan has taken a dip.