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Gujarat legislator accuses Teesta of tutoring Zahira
December 18, 2005 16:44 IST
Seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter, Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Madhu Srivastava has charged social activist Teesta Setalvad and her associates with tutoring Best Bakery case key witness Zahira Sheikh to give statements against him.
Srivastava, against whom a Supreme Court appointed inquiry Committee has made certain adverse remarks, in an
"The court may direct CBI inquiry into how statements were given by Zahira involving him while she was in custody of
Accusing Teesta of inducing Zahira and her family, the MLA from Vadodara alleged Mohammad Vora, whose aspiration to be a Mayor could not materialise due to his opposition, used the opportunity to settle political scores during Gujarat riots.
"Thus implicating Srivastava, who was at that time a BJP MLA, was the most convenient thing to do, and such an
"The Congress party, for the elections, found it a very exploitable situation to their advantage and thus, first through Mohammad Vora and others and later through Teesta, flared up the story cooked up by them and got narrated through Zaheera by putting words in her mouth," Srivastava alleged.
Srivastava alleged that Congress and Communist Party used the tutored statements of Zahira during the General
The notices were also served to Congress Corporator Chandrakant Bathu Srivastava, Tushar Vyas, Zaheera's brother Nafitullah Sheikh, Shehrunisha Sheikh, Mihir Desai, Bhagesh Jha (Collector Vadodra), Atul Mistry, Shailesh Patel, Sannaullah Kamal and Bharat Thakur.
A Bench comprising Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice H K Sema fixed January 3 next for hearing the matter. The Bench had asked Zahira's counsel P N Lekhi and senior advocate Harish Salve, who is amicus curae in the matter, to suggest whether report could be accepted or not.
"If the report is accepted then the consequences have to be addressed on the contingency," the Bench had said. The committee headed by B M Gupta, Registrar General of the Supreme Court, had indicted Zahira as "self-condemned liar falling to inducements by certain persons to give inconsistent statements during the trial of the case." It had given a clean chit to Setalvad of the charges of inducement levelled against her by Zahira.