Saturday, August 25, 2007

Salman Khan arrested, sent to jail

Bollywood star Salman Khan was today arrested and sent to jail shortly after he landed in Jodhpur from Mumbai to surrender in the blackbuck poaching case in which he lost an appeal against a five-year prison term given by a lower court.

He was picked up from airport in Jodhpur by a police team headed by additional Superintendent of Police Sawai Singh Godhara when he arrived by a Jet Airways flight accompanied by his brother Sohail Khan and lawyer Dipesh Mehta.

His lawyers argued with the police that he wanted to surrender but the law-enforcers said they had a court warrant and they had to execute it.

Salman, wearing a white T-shirt, cargo pants and sporting sunglasses, was soon after taken in a police jeep and produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate who had issued the non-bailable warrant since he was not present in the sessions court which had yesterday rejected his appeal.

The CJM directed him to be lodged in the jail.

His lawyers now plan to file an appeal against the sessions court judgment in the Jodhpur bench of the Rajasthan High Court today itself, though it may be heard only on Monday.

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