Last August, breeder Heeralal Gurjar reported a stolen buffalo to the police in Kota city of Rajsthan state. Police later recovered the animal and arrested one suspect, BBC reports.
The judge ordered Gurjar to produce the animal in court for identification.
It was tied to a tree outside the court and defence and prosecution lawyers went out to inspect the beast.
“I had taken my buffalo to the court as I was directed,” the report quoted Gurjar as saying.
The defence lawyer, Meghraj Singh Shakawat, had asked for the animal to be brought to court “for identification to verify whether it was the same animal or not”.
A huge crowd gathered to witness the novelty of lawyers inspecting the animal. Mr Gurjar’s son said that the attention made the buffalo uneasy.
Gurjar told the court that a calf stolen with his buffalo had not been found and was still in the possession of the accused.
According to Gurjar’s son, he walked the buffalo 5km (3 miles) to the court from his house in Kota. The case will continue to be heard at the end of July. However, the buffalo will not be required to appear again.