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Bollywood actor Khan is released
Salman Khan leaves Mumbai on 25 August
Khan went to jail last week in Jodhpur
Bollywood star Salman Khan, jailed on a poaching charge, has been released from a prison in India's Rajasthan state.

Khan spent less than a week in jail, following a five-year sentence imposed by a magistrate in 2006 for hunting a protected gazelle in 1998.

Khan appealed against the order but was arrested last week when the appeal was rejected, and jailed in Jodhpur.

He has now appealed to the High Court, which has given him bail while it considers the case.

The actor was also convicted in February last year for killing two protected black buck antelopes during a separate hunting trip in 1998.

The actor is due to fly back to Mumbai [Bombay] soon.

Hit actor

The poaching cases are not Salman Khan's only brush with the law.

He is also facing trial in Mumbai in connection with a 2002 hit-and-run case.

Khan is accused of driving into a group of homeless people sleeping on a pavement, and faces 10 charges, including causing death by negligent driving. He has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Salman Khan is one of Bollywood's top actors who has starred in many hit films.

He has a huge fan following across India and also among the Indian diaspora the world over.


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