Court Declines Granting Bail To Abba Kyari, Four Others

Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari in court.

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday declined to grant bail to suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari and four others.

Kyari and four others are standing trial for alleged hard drug trafficking offences preferred against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The NDLEA had, on March 7, arraigned Kyari (1st defendant) and six others on allegations bordering on a cocaine deal.

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He was arraigned alongside four suspended police officers including ACP Sunday Ubia, ASP James, Inspector Simon Agirigba and Inspector John Nuhu as 2nd to 5th defendants respectively.

Ruling on the bail application, Justice Emeka Nwite said the applicants failed to present sufficient materials and evidence to warrant the granting of the fresh application.

Justice Nwite, therefore, reaffirmed his earlier ruling of March 28, 2022 ordering an accelerated hearing.

According to the judge, Kyari and his other co-applicants did not show exceptional circumstances to warrant them being granted bail.

This is the second time the court would reject Kyari and others’ bail applications, having earlier turned down a similar request in April this year.

Meanwhile, the suspects are to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, pending the commencement of their trial in October.

 

Cocaine Saga: Court Denies Abba Kyari Bail

Mr Abba Kyari was arraigned in an Abuja court on March 7, 2022 over drug trafficking related offences. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Mr Abba Kyari was arraigned in an Abuja court on March 7, 2022, over drug trafficking-related offences. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja has refused bail to the suspended deputy commissioner of police Abba Kyari.

The court held that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has placed sufficient evidence before the court enough for it to refuse bail.

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The NDLEA in its counter-affidavits to Mr Kyari’s bail application held that it is inappropriate to grant bail to the applicant because of the facts and circumstances of the case.

The affidavits read that:

The applicant is already facing extradition on charges of wire fraud.

The 2nd applicant, who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police, is under investigation for money laundering and may face charges on same.

The applicant has had dealings with criminals in line of his duty and may be inclined to engage them in interfering with the evidence.

The medical challenges of the applicant are not beyond the capacity of the NDLEA.

The applicant is a flight risk and might jump bail.

It is on these premises that the court refused the bail application of the 1st and 2nd applicants.

The NDLEA has arraigned Kyari and four other members of the Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) and two others on eight counts.

The suspended police officer and the IRT members are facing charges bordering on illicit dealing in 21.35kg of cocaine between January 19 and 25, 2022. This contravenes section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act.

Following their arraignment, the defendants sought to apply for bail. They maintained that they were entitled to bail on the grounds that the alleged offences do not attract capital punishment and that they are still presumed innocent.

Man Who Allegedly Defrauded 170 People Of N10.7bn Granted 2bn Bail

Logo of a court gavel

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted bail to the 22-year-old man, Joshua Adeyinka Kayode, who allegedly used a fake investment scheme to defraud 170 people of N10.7billion.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted him bail in the sum of N2 billion with 2 sureties in like sum. The bail was sequel to arguments by his counsel, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Emeka Okpoko, and the prosecutor, Mr. Williams Tijjani.

The judge ordered that the sureties must have landed property within the court’s jurisdiction, and must depose to an affidavit.

Justice Oweibo also ordered the defendant to deposit his international passport with the court’s registrar while the sureties and the defendants are to deposit two passport photographs each with the court’s registrar

While adjourning the defendant’s trial till November 10, the judge ordered that all the bail terms must be verified by the prosecution with the defendant to be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services till the perfection of the bail terms.

Court Grants Igboho’s Aides Bail

Sunday Igboho’s aides

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the 12 aides of Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

Delivering the ruling on the application filed by the 12 applicants before the court, the presiding Judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, said it is clear that no charge has been brought against Sunday Igboho’s aides since their arrest.

As such, the court held that detaining them without charging them contravenes the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and their fundamental rights.

Eight of the applicants, the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th applicants, were granted bail in the sum of N5million each with surety in like sum resident in Abuja.

The remaining four applicants, the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 12th applicants, were granted bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum also resident in Abuja.

Some of Sunday Ighoho’s aides in the courtroom during hearing of their bail application on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Among the conditions for admitting the four applicants to bail is that one of the two sureties must be a Federal Government employee not below grade level 12.

The two sureties must also present evidence of three years’ tax payment and the document of their property must be verified by the DSS and the court.

The 12 applicants are however to remain the custody of the DSS until they are able to perfect all conditions for their bail.

Although counsel to the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi had prayed the court to grant an order for them to be moved to a Police facility, experiencing fear of a possible manhandling by the DSS, Justice Egwuatu refused to grant the prayer as he said he had not seen any reason to grant it.

 

The Arrest

The aides were arrested when DSS officials raided Igboho’s home on July 1, but a lawyer to the apprehended aides, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has sued on grounds that their fundamental human rights were being infringed on.

The DSS earlier on Monday, August 2 presented eight instead of the 12 arrested aides.

The court then ordered the security agency to produce all the 12 aides.

In obedience to the court order, the DSS on Wednesday produced all 12 detained aides before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

The Igboho raid

The DSS had paraded the aides on July 1 and accused them, along with Igboho, of stockpiling arms to cause chaos in the country.

Mr Igboho rose to fame after issuing a quit notice to herders in the south-west over increasing violence.

He has also advocated for the creation of a Yoruba Nation out of Nigeria.

After the DSS raid on his home, Mr Igboho fled to Benin Republic and is presently in court fighting extradition back to Nigeria.

 

Court Fixes July 28 To Rule On Bail Application Of 10 Suspected Pirates

 

The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed July 28 to rule on the bail application brought by 10 suspects facing trial for the hijacking of a fishing vessel, named FV Hai Lu Feng II, belonging to Haina Fishing Company.

Justice Ayokunle Faji fixed the date for ruling after listening to their lawyers who had filed separate bail applications for the defendants.

In their applications for bail, the defendants told the court that since investigations have been concluded, there was no risk of them tampering with evidence or compromising witnesses.

They particularly drew the court’s attention to the fact that three out of the four witnesses listed by the prosecution had already testified.

The lawyers also pointed out that the defendants had no previous criminal record.

The prosecution counsel, Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, opposed the request for bail.

Bode-Ayeni filed a 14-page counter-affidavit and a written address, urging the court to refuse the bail applications and instead give the case accelerated hearing.

After listening to both parties, the presiding judge adjourned the hearing for the application of bail.

#RevolutionNow: Court Commences Hearing Of Sowore’s Motion On Bail Conditions

When A Country Is Rotten, You Cannot Fix It By Going To The Local Govt – Sowore
A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore.

 

The hearing in a motion filed by the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, seeking a variation in his bail conditions has commenced.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on October 4 granted bail to Mr Sowore to the tune of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

Other conditions included that he must deposit his travel documents and also not leave Abuja without the court’s permission during the pendency of his case.

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At the commencement of the hearing on Monday, his counsel, Mr Femi Falana, informed the court of the motion seeking a variation of the bail conditions.

He noted that the motion is being supported by a four-paragraph affidavit, a written address and an exhibit which is the ruling of the court granting bail.

He further stated that the application is to pray the court to vary the conditions for the bail of his client with respect to a condition which requires one of the sureties to deposit 50 million.

He referred the court to the case of Colonel Dasuki where the court imposed the same conditions and the appeal court ruled that the condition was excessive.

According to him, the appeal court held that in a situation where bail can be granted, it should not be unworkable, unbearable and difficult to meet.

He also referred to the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo where the court asked that he is released to Mr Falana, and his passport is deposited, adding that that order has not been set aside.

According to him, the prosecution has disobeyed this order without any explanation.

With respect to the order restricting him to Abuja, Falana said Sowore has no house in Abuja but has one in Lagos.

He added that there is no counter-affidavit challenging the claim of the applicant.

Mr Falana said the court had granted bail 17 days ago and all efforts to meet it have failed because of the stringency of the conditions.

He added that the applicant teaches at a college of visual arts in the United States and is also a journalist who needs to earn a living during the pendency of the case.

He also referred the court to the case of Mr Jones Abiri where the court reviewed the bail conditions to enable him meet bail.

According to him, the applicant in that case was facing a capital offence and the court still varied it.

Responding to the arguments, the prosecutor Mr Hassan Liman said the application has no affidavit as the facts on the affidavit are information extracted from the applicant and not the person who deposed to the affidavit.

He argued that the deponent is Akin Sowore who was never at the facility of the State Security Service.

Mr Liman further stated that the affidavit in the further motion was deposed by one Marshal Abubakar who said he was at the facility of the DSS.

He added that having shown the court that the deponents of the affidavit did not go to the DSS facility, the motion was not valid because there was no affidavit backing it.

He, therefore asked that the application be dismissed for having no valid affidavit.

The prosecutor also noted that the evidence attached was not sufficient to prove that he is a teacher in the United States.

Furthermore, he stated that assuming the court agrees that the motion is valid, the court should in the alternative hold that the cases cited by the applicant are inapplicable in this case.

According to him, this is a different case because the applicant has not even met the bail conditions

He also told the court that having chanted revolution after the hearing if his case on the day of arraignment such a person should not be allowed to address the media or partake on any rally.

On the issue that he was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, Mr Liman said that the case at that time was on whether or not the defendant can remain in the custody of the DSS and that order was made before arraignment.

Liman maintained that Sowore was arraigned on the 30th of September and later granted bail, but the bail has now been overtaken by events.

According to him, what the court needs to decide on now, is whether or not the applicant has satisfied the condition to merit a variation in bail conditions.

Responding on points of law, Mr Falana said Section 45 deals with national security and there is nothing in this case that has a bearing on national security.

He maintained that using the word ‘Revolution’ as stated by the prosecution, has nothing to do with national security as even the president has used the word in the past and it is in the record of court.

After listening to the arguments, the trial judge varied the bail conditions as far as it concerns the payment of N50 million bail security.

She reduced the bail bond for Mr Olawale Bakare to N20 million and one surety in like sum.

The trial judge, however, said that all other aspects of the bail conditions which include that the defendants must not speak to the media and must remain in Abuja, still stand.

She also maintained the bail sum for Mr Sowore which was put at N100 million with two sureties in like sum.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned to November 6 and 7.

Sex Toy Shop Assault: Court Grants Senator Abbo N5million Bail

Senator Abbo during his arrival at the court premises. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Senator Elisha Abbo has been granted bail in the sum of N5million.

The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District was granted bail on Monday by Senior Magistrate Abdullahi Ilellah.

This was after the lawmaker was arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police at Zuba Magistrate Court, Abuja.

He was granted bail in the sum of N5million and the sureties must have verifiable addresses within the Federal Capital Territory.

The case has since been adjourned to July 22nd for hearing.

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Senator Abbo Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge

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Senator Abbo was arraigned on Monday on a one-count of assault which he pleaded not guilty.

He was arraigned after a video of him assaulting a woman went viral.

Senator Abbo is in the eye of a storm for attacking and beating up a woman who tried to prevent him and others with him from assaulting another woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.

The viral video of the assault sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution.

Abbo has since confirmed to Channels Television that he is indeed the man in the video and that he will release a statement soon in that regard.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the case. Six men and two women were chosen as members of the committee which will be headed by Senator Sam Egwu.

 

Actress Implicated In Bribery Scandal Gets $1m Bail

Actress Lori Loughlin attends the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s ‘Unforgettable Evening’ in Los Angeles, California. Credit: AFP

 

US actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in downtown  Los Angeles on Wednesday in connection with a massive college admissions scam involving other celebrities and top industry CEOs.

Bail for the “Full House” star was set at $1 million, the same amount as for her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, who has also been charged in the case.

The couple, who are to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29, allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to ensure their two daughters were recruited to the University of Southern California rowing team even though the pair did not participate in crew.

Loughlin, 54, surrendered to FBI agents early Wednesday after returning from Vancouver, where she was filming. Judge Steve Kim told the star in setting her bail that she would still be allowed to travel for work as long as the court was made aware of her plans.

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The couple were among 50 people indicted on Tuesday in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top US colleges.

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by FBI agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail.

The 56-year-old actress and her husband William H Macy, the star of Showtime’s hit series “Shameless,” allegedly paid $15,000 for their eldest daughter to perform well on a college entrance exam. Macy was mentioned in the case but has not been charged.

The ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.

Some of the universities targeted in the elaborate cheating scam include Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown. None of the schools or the students has been charged in the case.

According to prosecutors, the accused parents paid a firm run by Singer as much as $6 million to cheat on college entrance exams for their children or to bribe coaches to help non-athletic students get scholarships.

 Anger on social media 

Others ensnared in the scandal include Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, who allegedly paid $75,000 to have his daughter’s test grades fixed.

Also charged is William McGlashan, an executive at the investment group TPG Capital who specialized in technology investments. He allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure his son got into the University of Southern California as a student-athlete.

The scandal has lit up social media, with much poking fun and expressing anger at the wealthy parents indicted — notably Loughlin and Huffman — as well as their children.

“CAPTION THIS: ‘It’s ok honey. We’ll get you in a college close to your mom’s prison so you can visit,” one Twitter user said in response to a picture Huffman had posted on Sunday of her daughter sitting on Macy’s lap and hugging him.

Ben Dreyfuss, the son of veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss, quipped: “I got into college the old fashioned way: by letting my father’s celebrity speak for itself.”

Another Twitter user said: “So what I’ve learned from #CollegeCheatingScandal is that rich kids are so stupid that they can’t get into colleges without cheating.”

Olivia Jade Giannulli, one of Loughlin’s daughters, disabled comments on her Instagram posts on Wednesday after some of her 1.3 million followers lashed out against her.

“Please do a video for how you prepared for the SATs,” read one comment.

Another berated the young woman, who posted a video blog last year in which she said she didn’t care about school, for stealing a college spot from “another deserving student (who probably actually rows!!)…”

AFP

Huawei Exec To Seek Canada Bail On Health Grounds

A woman leaves the B.C. Supreme Courthouse after observing the bail hearing for Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on December 7, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.  Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

 

A top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei will seek release from Canadian detention Monday on health grounds, as Beijing escalates its protests over her arrest on a US warrant.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, faces US fraud charges related to alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, and has been awaiting a Canadian court’s bail decision.

She was detained in Vancouver on December 1 while changing planes during a trip from Hong Kong to Mexico, for possible extradition.

Her arrest has infuriated Beijing, rocking stock markets and raising tensions amid a truce in the US-China trade war.

Beijing’s latest outcry over the case also led to the suspension of a planned Canadian forestry trade mission to China this week.

In a sworn 55-page affidavit, Meng said she has been treated in hospital for hypertension since her arrest.

“I continue to feel unwell and I am worried about my health deteriorating while I am incarcerated,” the affidavit read.

Meng said that she has had “numerous health problems” during her life, including surgery for thyroid cancer in 2011.

“I wish to remain in Vancouver to contest my extradition and I will contest the allegations at trial in the US if I am ultimately surrendered,” she said.

Ambassadors summoned 

A Chinese vice foreign minister summoned the US and Canadian ambassadors over the weekend, demanding that the US withdraw its arrest warrant and warning Canada that it faces “grave consequences.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang was critical of Meng’s treatment, citing China’s state-run Global Times newspaper as reporting that “it seems that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care.”

“We believe this is inhumane and violates her human rights,” Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing.

Lu also said the Canadian government did not immediately notify the Chinese embassy or consulate about Meng’s arrest, as it should have under a consular agreement.

China has itself faced global criticism over its human rights record and treatment of detained activists and minorities.

At a hearing that was adjourned on Friday, Canadian Crown prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley asked for bail to be denied, saying Meng has been accused of “conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions.”

She is specifically accused of lying to bankers about the use of a covert subsidiary to sell to Iran in breach of sanctions.

If convicted, she faces more than 30 years in prison. The extradition process could take months, even years, if appeals are made in the case.

Meng said she has ties to Vancouver that go back 15 years. She and her husband own two mansions in the city, and she even had a Canadian permanent residency permit that she has since renounced.

Meng has agreed to surrender her passports and submit to electronic monitoring if she is released, pending the outcome of the case.

Canadian media said police were called to one of her luxury homes in Vancouver about a possible break-in early Sunday.

 Trade talks 

A decision on extradition could take months or even years, if appeals are made in the case.

Analysts say Meng’s arrest — the same day that presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day tariffs truce — could be used as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations between the United States and China.

But US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer rejected suggestions that the case could affect the talks. “For us, it’s unrelated” to trade policies, he told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “It’s criminal justice.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also said politics played no part in the decision to arrest Meng.

AFP

Kaduna High Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky’s Bail Application

BREAKING: Court Fixes October To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

A Kaduna State High Court sitting in the state capital will today rule on the bail application filed by counsel to the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife.

The IMN leader is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among other charges.

El-Zakzaky and his wife were first arraigned on May 15, 2018, following their arrest in Zaria, in December 2015.

When the matter came up for hearing on October 4, 2018, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada adjourned his ruling on their bail application to November 7, 2018 due to the absence of the IMN leader and his wife in court as a result of  the visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the state on that date  .

The judge however fixed today for the ruling following the written application filed by El-Zakzaky’s counsel during the last sitting on August 2, 2018.

Court Grants Fayose N50m Bail

 

The Federal High Court in Lagos has granted former Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose, bail in the sum of N50 million.

The presiding judge, Morenikeji Olatoregun, granted the bail on Wednesday, adding that he must provide two sureties who must issue a ₦50 million bond in a reputable bank, as well as possess three years of tax clearance.

She also directed that the former governor must deposit his international passport with the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday arraigned Fayose on 11 counts of alleged money laundering, amounting to ₦2.2 billion.

Fayose’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, urged the court to grant his client bail, based on self-recognizance on the ground that he voluntarily submitted himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

But the commission initially opposed the bail request, saying that on the day he (Fayose) arrived at the EFCC’s headquarters, he was accompanied by ‘hoodlums’ who were willing to attack their officials.

The commission also argued that they are still tracing other properties acquired by the former governor with the proceeds of the alleged laundered funds.

According to the EFCC, Mr Fayose received ₦1.2 billion to fund his 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, a sum they said he ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act.

But the former governor and his company, Spotless Limited, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The trial has now been adjourned till November 19.

Fans Jubilant As Bollywood Star Salman Khan Freed On Bail

Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan waves to fans after reaching home at Bandra in Mumbai on April 7, 2018, following his release from Jodhpur Central jail after an Indian court granted him bail.
PHOTO: Sujit JAISWAL / AFP

 

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan left prison on Saturday after being granted bail so he can contest a five-year jail sentence for killing rare antelopes.

Hundreds of frenzied fans awaited the 52-year-old as his vehicle sped through the gates of Jodhpur Central Jail, where the action star had spent two nights after being sentenced on Thursday.

Some tried to cling to the sides of his sports utility vehicle and scores of motorbikes followed Khan as he was driven at high speed to Jodhpur airport to a waiting chartered jet.

He flew to Mumbai where more crowds — with many men emulating Khan’s distinctive hairstyle and clothes — gathered outside his luxury apartment, dancing to songs from his films.

Khan appeared on the terrace of his apartment with his family and waved to his fans.

A judge released Khan, one of the world’s highest-paid actors, in return for bail and sureties totalling 100,000 rupees ($1,500). He cannot leave India without court permission.

Visually impaired girls from the Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh school for the blind celebrate the release of Bollywood actor Salman Khan from Jodphur Central jail following a court decision to grant bail to the actor, in Ahmedabad on April 7, 2018.

 

Hordes of fans outside the court erupted in celebration on hearing the result, beating drums and chanting Khan’s name.

Khan did not attend the bail hearing but prosecutor Mahipal Bishnoi said the actor must appear in court again on May 7.

Khan’s army of fans and the Bollywood elite were stunned by the court sentence in the 20-year-old case.

Khan had denied shooting dead two rare antelopes known as black bucks on a hunting trip while filming a movie in 1998.

The court found him guilty while acquitting four other actors.

The actor enjoys a cult-like status and is affectionately known by the Hindi name “bhai”, or “brother”.

Relief and anger

“Prayers of millions worked,” said television actor Arjun Bijlani in a tweet.

But while his fans and producers of costly upcoming films may be relieved, Khan still faces a major courtroom drama.

Throughout the multiple cases, eyewitnesses have stated they saw Khan firing a gun in October 1998.

Animal rights group PETA said it was disappointed with Khan’s bail.

“While Salman Khan gets to go back home to his movie star life for now, black bucks were made to pay the highest price, with their lives,” Manilal Valliyate, chief executive of PETA India, said in a statement.

Khan has accused Rajasthan’s forest department of trying to frame him. His lawyers claim the black bucks died of natural causes such as overeating, insisting there was no evidence they were shot.

Four other Bollywood stars — Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari — who were also accused in the case were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Khan remains one of Bollywood’s biggest draws despite the off-screen drama, starring in more than 100 films and television shows.

He finished second behind Shah Rukh Khan in the 2017 Bollywood earnings rankings. Both the Khans are among the world’s top 10 best-paid actors.

The Bollywood heartthrob’s latest blockbuster “Tiger Zinda Hai” (Tiger is Alive) collected some $85 million worldwide.

Khan has nearly $90 million riding on his projects in coming months with at least three films in the pipeline, analysts say.

A director of one of Khan’s upcoming films “Race 3” expressed relief at his release.

“I am happy that he has got bail. After working with him so closely I have become a huge fan of him, not only as an actor but also as a human being,” Remo D’Souza told the Press Trust of India.

“Almost 90 percent of the shoot for (the film) is over and the remaining portions will mostly be shot in India.”

AFP