Mumbai: Eight convicts in the Best bakery
case have petitioned the Bombay High Court seeking their
transfer from Kolhapur central jail to Vadodara prison in
Gujarat so that they are able to remain closer to families.
All the eight have been lodged in Kolhapur jail since
February 2007 after a special court here convicted them for
burning alive 14 people inside Best Bakery in Hanuman Tekdi
area of Vadodara during the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.
The Best bakery case was shifted to Mumbai by the
Supreme Court for fair trial.
The convicts have written a letter to the High Court
which it has converted into a writ petition. The Court would
hear their plea in due course.
The convicts pleaded that since they have been lodged
in Kolhapur prison they have not been able to meet their
"We are far away from our home. Our families are
facing financial difficulties because of which they are not
able to visit us. It becomes time consuming and expensive for
them to visit us in Kolhapur Jail", they contended.
The convicts further submitted that in Kolhapur jail
they cannot seek furlough (leave). Under the law, they are
entitled to 15 day furlough every year.
The letter stated that since the convicts were
residents of Gujarat and did not have any relatives in
Maharashtra it became difficult for them to find sureties to
The convicts are Rajubhai Baria, Pankaj Gosavi,
Sanjay Thakkar, Bahadursingh Chauhan, Jagdish Rajput, Dinesh
Rajbhar, Sanabhai Baria and Sailesh Tadvi.
On March 1, 2002, a mob had set ablaze Best Bakery in
lower-middle class dominated Hanuman Tekdi area of Vadodara
killing 14 people. Among the victims were family members of
Zaheera Shaikh who had taken refuge inside the bakery.