Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article
Home > News > PTI

Best Bakery retrial in Maharashtra

April 12, 2004 10:57 IST
Last Updated: April 12, 2004 14:41 IST


The Supreme Court on Monday quashed the acquittal of 21 accused in the Best Bakery case and ordered its re-investigation and re-trial.

Also Read


The Gujarat riots


The case will now be tried in a Maharashtra court.

The judgment came from a bench comprising Justice Doraiswamy Raju and Justice Arijit Pasayat, which allowed two petitions - one by key witness Zahira Habibullah Sheikh and the other by the Gujarat government - challenging a high court order confirming the trial court verdict acquitting all those accused in the case.

Several people were burnt alive inside the Best Bakery in March 2002 by rioters.

Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Pasayat directed that as the trial was being transferred to the neighbouring state, a new public prosecutor would be appointedwho would take necessary follow up action.

Setting aside the HC order, which also had passed severe strictures against some activists who had helped out the riot victims.

The Supreme Court in a separate judgment quashed the 'objectionable' remarks made against them.

The trial court had acquitted all the accused in the case saying the police had booked the wrong persons and adduced wrong evidence. The high court had upheld the verdict and rejected the state's plea for consideration of fresh evidence given by Zahira and others.

Zahira, who had retracted her statement during the trial, had later alleged that she was subjected to threats and coercion.


More reports from Gujarat
Read about: Gujarat Riots | Earthquake hits India

© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments


 What do you think about the story?




Read what others have to say:


Number of User Comments: 2




Sub: judiciary, state and central governments

Some time we feel that Indian Democratic system failed to deliver the goods to the people. But at the same time, we also feel that ...


Posted by waniwani





Sub: ALL PRAISE FOR THE SUPREME COURT

AT LAST, a part of the Indian establishment has stood up for justice... this is only one case out of the thousands of rapes, murders ...


Posted by Shankar Gopalakrishnan




Disclaimer

Advertisement






Copyright 2005 Rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.