Bollywood actor Khan released on bail


NEW DELHI -- Bollywood star Salman Khan was granted bail Friday by a high court in Rajasthan following nearly a week in jail after a lower court overturned his plea for bail connected to a five-year sentence handed down in a 1998 poaching case (HR 8/25).

After posting the bail amount of $2,500 (100,000 rupees), Khan was released from the central jail in the western city of Jodhpur by Friday afternoon and fly back home to Mumbai in a chartered plane.

"The High Court has suspended his prison term of five years, but he will have to appear before the court on Oct. 24. The revision petition we had filed will come up for hearing then," Khan's lawyer Deepesh Mehta said.

Khan is one of India's most bankable stars. His recent Indo-U.S. co-production "Marigold," directed by Willard Carol, co-stars Ali Larter.

Khan has been battling a legal case for his alleged 1998 shooting of a Chinkara, a protected gazelle species considered sacred by the Bishnoi community in Rajasthan, while on a hunting trip.

Khan has denied any involvement in the incident that is said to have occurred when the actor was in Rajasthan shooting the Hindi film "Hum Saath Saath Hain" (We Are All Together).