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Zaheera to appear in court on May 9

The prime witness in Best Bakery case is serving a 1-yr sentence imposed on her by the SC for contempt of court.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 11:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Zaheera Shaikh and her family members would appear before a sessions court on May 9 to record their pleas to the charges against them for giving false evidence in the Best Bakery case.

Zaheera would be brought to the court from Byculla jail, where she is serving a one-year sentence imposed on her by the Supreme Court for contempt of court.

Zaheera's mother Sahrunissa, sister Sahira and brother Nasibulla have been asked to appear to make their pleas on charges of giving false evidence.

All of them had appeared before the court earlier but said that they needed time to think about pleading guilty or not guilty to the charges.

In case they plead guilty, the court would pronounce its verdict on the same day, but if they plead not guilty to the charges of giving false evidence, they would have to face a summary trial.

The Judge had read out the charges to Zaheera and her family members on last occasion and explained the accusations against them.

The judge, who had conducted the retrial in Best bakery case, told Zaheera that she had falsely stated in the court that she had not lodged the First Information Report (FIR) regarding the Best bakery incident and that she was unaware of the document (FIR) although it bore her signature.

The Judge also told Zaheera that she had falsely stated before him during the re-trial that she had not told Vadodara court earlier about talking to police regarding the Best bakery incident.

He referred to Vadodara court proceedings which indicated that she had indeed told police about it.
Thipsay further told Zaheera that she had falsely stated before the Mumbai court during re-trial that she was not aware of the outcome of verdict of Vadodara court which had acquitted the accused in Best bakery case as she and other witnesses had turned hostile.

Explaining the charges to Zaheera, he said she had given a false statement that she was not aware of what happened to the case after it was over in Vadodara court and she had also falsely feigned ignorance about the reason as to why the case was being tried again in Mumbai.

The Judge also pointed out that Zaheera had turned around by initially stating in evidence that she had not named anyone as offender or culprit before any authority or the media but later saying on oath that she had named certain persons as offenders on being tutored by different persons.

He said Zaheera had falsely stated that she was ignorant about the grievances made by her on the conduct of previous trial and also about the Supreme Court ordering the re-trial in view of such grievances.

First Published: May 07, 2006 10:08 IST

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