Court gives particulars of perjury charges to Zaheera, family

A sessions court today informed Zaheera Shaikh and her family members the summary of charges proposed against them for tendering false evidence during the re-trial of best bakery case here and asked them to appear on April 27 for recording their plea.

Mumbai, Apr 25 : A sessions court today informed Zaheera Shaikh and her family members the summary of charges proposed against them for tendering false evidence during the re-trial of best bakery case here and asked them to appear on
April 27 for recording their plea.

The judge Abhay Thipsay said if Zaheera and others plead guilty on April 27 the summary proceedings for giving false evidence would begin on the same day but if they plead not guilty then the court would give them time for defense and fix a date for trial to be held later.

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) and that she was unaware about 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 about the outcome of verdict of Vadodara court, which had acquitted the accused in Best Bakery case as she, and other witnesses had turned hostile.

He said that Zaheera had given a false statement that she did not learn about what happened to the case after it was over in Vadodara court and she had also falsely feigned ignorance about 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 offenders or culprits before any authorities or media but later saying on oath that she had named certain persons as offenders on being tutored by different persons.

The judge 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.

"Actually you knew about it and as such your statements showing ignorance of these aspects are false. Also by giving false evidence you have tried to suppress the facts about the Best Bakery incident", Thipsay told Zaheera.

As regards Zaheera's sister Saheera, the judge said she had made contradictory statements by saying that nobody stayed in the house that was built by the side of best bakery and later asserting that her entire family stayed in the same house. One of the statements was false, the judge noted.

The court pointed out that Saheera had feigned ignorance about the death of her sister Sabira saying she was unaware about the reason of her death but later admitted she had died in the riots. In this regard, she had lied to the court.

The judge said Saheera had falsely stated that she did not know the names of best bakery workers and had also not named them during deposition in the previous trial in the Vadodara court. He referred to Vadodara court records, which showed that she had given the names of the workers.

Thipsay also told her that she had falsely stated that she was unaware about Zaheera lodging a complaint with police about best bakery catching fire on march one, 2002.

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