Monday, August 27, 2007

Salman Khan in Jodhpur jail


Salman Khan was on Saturday lodged in the same jail and barrack where he had spent two days and three nights in 2006.

He was arrested and jailed soon after landing in Jodhpur from Mumbai to surrender in the black buck poaching case, after the Jodhpur district and sessions court on Friday rejected his appeal against a five-year prison term awarded by a lower court.

He was picked up from the airport here by a police team headed by additional superintendent of police Sawai Singh Godhara when he arrived with his brother Sohail and lawyer Dipesh Mehta.

Salman was produced before the chief judicial magistrate who had issued the non-bailable warrant, since he was not present in the sessions court when his appeal was rejected.

Hours later, a revision petition was filed on his behalf by his lawyer Hastimal Saraswatin at the Rajasthan high court challenging the five-year jail term.

Katrina Kaif visits Salman Khan in jail
The star, who is being held in barrack number 1, had a sleepless night on Saturday, sources said. He read a novel but avoided any interaction with other prisoners, they said.

Prisoner No. 343 in the Central Jail here, Salman Khan, had some special visitors on Sunday - his girlfriend Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif and other members of his family.

Katrina arrived here from Mumbai in the afternoon with Salman's brother Arbaaz and sisters Alvira and Arpita to meet the star, who was arrested on Saturday in the wake of a local court rejecting his appeal against a five-year jail term in a poaching case.

Though the jail's visiting hours for the day had ended, the superintendent allowed Katrina and the others to meet Salman for half an hour at 3 pm.

Sources said relatives can meet prisoners only between 9 am and 11 am on Sundays.

Katrina and Arbaaz refused to speak to reporters, who were waiting with Salman's fans at the airport here.

Salman, was arrested and sent to jail shortly after he arrived here on Saturday to surrender after losing his appeal in the chinkara poaching case.

The star, who is being held in barrack number 1, had a sleepless night on Saturday, sources said. He read a novel but avoided any interaction with other prisoners, they said.

After a breakfast of "chana" and tea, Salman was examined this morning by a medical team that found him healthy, sources said.

The actor is attired in the regulation white prison dress like everyone else and gets no special treatment.

"We will follow the jail manual strictly and no additional (facilities) will be provided to Salman," senior jail official Ota Ram said.

The actor would be allowed to meet three people in 15 days.

Since the actor had been sentenced to undergo ‘simple imprisonment', he would not have to do hard labour, the official said.

According to legal experts, Salman's bail plea can be taken up only on Monday. However, his lawyers filed a revision petition in the Rajasthan High Court on Saturday.

His counsel Hastimal Saraswat said: "We have filed a revision petition in the high court. Though the court does not sit on Saturday but the court office is open, so we are filing the petition. We will also plead for his bail when the court hears our petition."