Mumbai: Shaikh Yasmeen Bano, a key prosecution
witness in the 2002 Best Bakery case, has moved the Bombay High Court alleging that she was "lured and misguided" by a social activist into giving false testimony against 17 accused persons, of which nine were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Yasmeen filed the petition earlier this week, after no
action was taken on her letter dated June 17, 2010 addressed
to the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
"Yasmeen gave false deposition against the accused and
identified them falsely at the behest and advice of Teesta Setalvad only in the false hope that she (Teesta) would help her financially," the petition states.
It further claims that Setalvad had made Yasmeen an
instrument to achieve the ulterior goal. "Yasmeen was obsessed
with the idea of getting money from Teesta and hence she did
not think much about the repercussion of her false deposition
against innocent persons. She is however repenting now," the
Yasmeen has sought that her evidence be recorded afresh
by the High Court while hearing the appeal filed by the nine
convicted accused challenging the trial court`s order.
Yasmeen was the only prosecution witness from the Shaikh
family who stood by the police`s case against the 17 accused.
Rest of the family, including prime witness and Yasmeen`s
sister-in-law Zaheera Shaikh, had turned hostile, alleging
that they were forced by Setalvad to lie.