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Best Bakery: Zaheera does a U-turn

The prime witness did a turnaround in a sessions court in Mumbai saying that she wanted to be in a Gujarat prison.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 16:01 IST

Zaheera Sheikh, prime witness in the Best Bakery case who was sentenced to one year jail term by the Supreme Court for her flip flops, on Thursday did a turnaround in a sessions court in Mumbai saying that she wanted to be in a Gujarat prison.

Earlier, Zaheera had told the court that she did not want to serve the sentence in a Gujarat prison and would like to be in a Maharashtra jail.

Zaheera was in the court for nearly 45 minutes and most of the time she was seen wiping her tears.

The court directed Bhoiwada police not to be harsh with Zaheera and allow her better facilities like home food and permission to offer namaz.

The police was also told to bear in mind that Zaheera should not be treated like an accused who has to undergo interrogation by cops.

The judge told Zaheera and her brother Nasibullah, who was also present in the court, to appear on March 20 to answer the charges of perjury mentioned in the show cause notices.

Earlier, Zaheera and her family were issued notices for tendering false evidence in the court during the retrial of Best Bakery case in Mumbai.

The judge also asked Zaheera whether she wanted a lawyer to defend her for the perjury charges to which she replied in the negative.

She said her lawyers would come to the court on March 20.

Zaheera did not give any reply when the judge inquired why she had made false statements in the court.

Zaheera had surrendered before the court on March 10, two days after Supreme Court sentenced her to one year jail for contempt of court.

She was taken into custody and her lawyers appeared on March 13 saying they would move the apex court on March 20 urging review of its order and reduction of sentence.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 14:17 IST