Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is expected to be in Jodhpur today, as he awaits the verdict in a 16-year-old case of possession and use of illegal arms to poach chinkaras and blackbucks, both endangered species of deer.
“The case relates to both possession and use of illegal arms and the chief judicial magistrate’s court has kept February 25 for judgment” public prosecutor N.K. Sankhla of the court in Jodhpur, told reporters.
Salman along with Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of October 2nd 1998, while shooting for their film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
The verdict of the case coincides with the shooting schedule of his most recent film with Sooraj Barjatya titled ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’.
Two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur.
Sources say, if Salman is found to be guilty, he could be sentenced to three to seven years in jail, but could be out on bail almost immediately.
Final arguments in the case were completed on February 5 2015.
Update: The date of verdict has been pushed ahead to March 3rd.