Salman Khan’s ongoing black buck case, which accused the actor of killing two black bucks in 1998, will have its verdict announced on 5th April. On Wednesday, the Jodhpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Court under the Jodhpur District Presiding Officer Devkumar Khatri, issued the date for the verdict in the nearly two-decade long black deer hunting case.

Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Dushyant Singh were accused in the case along with Salman. It was during the shooting of Sooraj Barjatya’s movie, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1999, that the 52-year-old actor went on a shooting expedition along with his co-stars and allegedly killed two blackbucks in the Kankani village in Rajasthan. The incident was followed with protests by the local Bishnoi community, which led a case to be filed against Salman and the other actors. The court trial with respect to this case has been going on in this case for the last several years. Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh presented the answer on the legal points, during an argument on Wednesday.

With this, the final arguments of all parties were completed. After the completion of the legal debate by state advocate Bhavani Singh Bhati’s on Wednesday, the CJM had fixed the date for the decision in this matter. Salman Khan appeared in the court during final arguments in a case against him for the alleged poaching of two blackbucks in village Kankani on October 2, 1998. As per Khan’s counsel H M Saraswat, the accused has to remain present in the court during final arguments and they had been seeking an exemption for the actor till now. Under Section 149 of the Wild Life Act, there is a provision of a maximum prison sentence of seven years for hunting black deer. While there was a provision of six years punishment till a few years ago. This deer hunting case is of 1998. In such a case, the provision of the maximum sentence of six years imprisonment will apply