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Zaheera's mother absconding: Lawyer

Sahrunissa Shaikh, mother of prime witness in Best bakery case Zaheera Shaikh, is absconding and untraceable

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 16:44 IST

Sahrunissa Shaikh, mother of prime witness in Best bakery case Zaheera Shaikh, is absconding and untraceable following her conviction for perjury, her lawyer said today.

A sessions court had yesterday issued non-bailable warrant against Sahrunissa as she failed to appear before it after she was refused extension of bail.

However, instead of surrendering before the court, Sahrunissa absconded after a quarrel with family members, her counsel Umesh Deshpande told PTI.

The lawyer said he had learnt from Sahrunissa's son that she has gone to Gujarat.

The court will now declare Sahrunissa an absconder.

Sahrunissa was sentenced to three months RI and fined Rs 500 for giving false evidence in the Best Bakery case.

However, the sentence was suspended and she was granted bail as Sahrunissa moved the Bombay High Court challenging her conviction. The High Court has decided to hear the matter after July 11.

Besides Sahrunissa, other family members including Zaheera, her brother Nasibullah and sister Sahira were also found guilty. Zaheera, Sahira and Sahrunissa were sentenced to three months' RI and slapped a fine of Rs 500 each while Nasibullah was given a lighter sentence and put on probation.

Sahrunissa pleaded for bail saying she was undergoing treatment for "multiple health problems". She said she was getting frequent headaches and was advised to undergo certain tests and CT scan.