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Chronology of events in Best Bakery case

Following is the chronology of events in the Best Bakery case.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 17:32 IST

Following is the chronology of events in the Best Bakery case:

March 1, 2002: Best Bakery in Vadodara is burnt down by a mob, killing 14 persons.

March 2, 2002: Main complainant Zahira Sheikh files FIR naming the accused.

March 21, 2002: Zahira appears before National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and demands justice.

May 7, 2003: Zahira's brother Nafitullah and sister Saira retract statements in fast track court at Vadodara which first conducted the trial in Best Bakery case.

May 17, 2003: Zahira turns hostile in the fast track court, saying she cannot identity the accused. On the same day, Zahira's mother Sherunissa and younger brother Naseebullah deny their statements given to police.

June 27, 2003: Additional sessions judge HU Mahida of Vadodara fast track court acquits all the 21 accused in the case who were named by Zahira in her statements before police and NHRC.

July 7, 2003: Zahira names BJP MLA Madhu Srivastava for intimidating her into turning hostile. She demands retrial outside Gujarat.

July 11, 2003: Zahira gives statement on oath before NHRC in the presence of Teesta Setalvad, secretary of Citizens for Just and Peace, about she was forced to retract her statements in the court. She also names those threatened her and her family to retract her statement.

September 29, 2003: The Gujarat government challenges the fast track court's order in the high court with an amended appeal.

December 26, 2003: Gujarat High Court dismisses appeal filed by Gujarat government challenging acquittal of accused by the fast track court.

March 12, 2004: The Supreme Court admits Gujarat government's appeal against acquittal.

April 12, 2004: Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Doraiswamy Raju and Justice Arijit Pasayat order retrial of Best Bakery case outside Gujarat, in Maharashtra.

September 9, 2004: Nafitullah Shaikh, brother of Zahira, records statement before Vadodara police on threats meted out to him.

September 22, 2004: Charges framed against 17 accused in Mumbai court by judge Abhay Thipsay. Four other accused were declared absconding.

October 4, 2004: Trial begins in the special court at Mumbai presided over by Judge Abhay Thipsay.

November 3, 2004: Another turn-round by Zahira, says that her statement given in fast track court at Vadodara was correct.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 17:22 IST