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Zaheera's perjury trial to resume in court tomorrow

A sessions court would on Wednesday hear the proceedings against Zaheera Shaikh and her family members.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 20:56 IST

A sessions court wouldon Wednesdayhear the proceedings against Zaheera Shaikh and her family members, all prime witnesses in the Best Bakery case who turned hostile, for giving false evidence at the retrial in Mumbai.

Sessions judge Abhay Thipsay today said the trial of Zaheera and others for giving false evidence in the case would resume on Wednesday.

In another development, the Bombay High Court deferred till June 16, Zaheera's petition challenging the Best Bakery verdict and remarks passed against her and family members by the judge.

The sessions court had suo motu initiated perjury (giving false evidence) proceedings against Zaheera and others -- prime witnesses in the Best bakery retrial. However, it granted a stay on the proceedings after Zaheera filed a petition in the high court challenging the Best bakery verdict.

Thipsay, on February 24, had convicted nine persons for Best Bakery killings during 2002 Gujarat riots and acquitted eight accused. He had also observed that Zaheera had intentionally lied in the retrial.

The Judge reached the same conclusion regarding the testimonies of Zaheera's mother Sehrunnisa, sister Sahira and brother Nasibullah.

On the basis of this conclusion, the judge had initiated summary trial against them for giving false evidence after giving them show cause notices.

Zaheera's petition in the high court has not only demanded deleting judge's remarks, but also sought to quash the entire Best Bakery case judgement, including conviction of the nine persons.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 20:56 IST