Sprouts, a wooden bed, a rug and a cooler for Salman Khan

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Asaram Bapu being escorted by police after his

In a further twist to the ongoing legal troubles for Salman Khan, the judge hearing his bail appeal at a Jodhpur Sessions Court, has been transferred in an annual shake-up.

Animal rights activists welcomed the court's decision of sentencing Salman Khan and demanded maximum punishment for the actor in the blackbuck poaching case.

The case dates back to 1998, when the actor was accused of killing two Black Bucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act, at Kankani village in Jodhpur. The actor had spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail after his sentencing on Thursday. Besides a five-year jail term, Salman was imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

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Mumbai: Salman Khan's defence lawyer Mahesh Bora has been provided with security after he received threat calls and messages from a caller who identified himself as Ravi Pujari, a fugitive gangster.

Khan was convicted in the 1998 black-buck poaching case.

Bora, who was speaking to an India Today TV correspondent in Jodhpur, said he expects Salman Khan to be released from jail by 6pm today.

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Along with Judge Joshi, 86 other judges too have been transferred, said an order. Earlier on Saturday, both prosecution and defense arguments were concluded, before the judge announced he would reserve the order till after lunch.

The "Tiger" of Tiger Zinda Hai is now spending his days and nights in jail; family members and friends like Sajid Nadiadwala and Preity Zinta had met him yesterday. His lawyers also filed an application in the court that will come up for hearing on Thursday. The Indian dilm industry and journalist, Anna MM Vetticad regarding the case wrote, "Khan's bad-boy image has sustained him from the beginning of his career". However, Khan's co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam who were also accused were acquitted. The actor had recently finished the Abu Dhabi schedule of his upcoming film Race 3.

Jodhpur Central Jail houses three more high profile inmates apart from Salman - Malkhan Singh Vishnoi, Shambhu Lal, and Asaram Bapu.

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Other Bollywood figures have also rallied around the actor, voicing support and decrying the harsh sentence.

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