Judge who had to hear Salman’s bail plea transferred; could stay in jail for more time

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The Hush Post: The judge who gave the verdict in the black buck poaching case by Salman Khan has been transferred. Also the Jodhpur Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who would have decided Salman Khan’s fate today, stands transferred too.

The earlier order was given by Dev Kumar Khatri who has been transferred in a major reshuffle of judicial officers in Rajasthan. Judge Joshi judge on Friday had stalled the hearing as he wanted to see the entire case file before coming to a decision on whether the actor should be granted bail.

The names of these two judges figure among 87 judicial officers transferred by the Rajasthan High Court. Judges in Rajasthan are usually transferred between April 15 and 30 every year on the recommendation of a committee set up by the High Court.

Ravinder Kumar Joshi has been moved out from Jodhpur to a place called Siroh. Chandra Kumar Songara, district and sessions judge of Bhilwara will come in his place. Judge Khatri shall be replaced by Samrendra Singh Sikarwar, who is currently the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Udaipur.

Salman Khan was sent to five years prison in the black buck poaching case. Khatri had convicted Salman Khan and sentenced him to five years of jail in the case.

In the order he had said: “The way the accused killed two innocent black bucks in violation of the wildlife laws…he is a film star, people emulate him and look up to him… and there has been a rise in poaching incidents, so leniency is not justified given the severity of the crime, the evidence and the circumstances,”

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