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Zaheera got money before 2003 testimony: Prosecution

January 19, 2005 01:18 IST

The prosecution in the Best Bakery case on Tuesday told the Mumbai court hearing the case that Rs 45,000 was deposited in Zaheera Sheikh's bank account a week before she deposed in the trial held at a fast track court in Vadodara.

The prosecution said the amount was deposited in two instalments of Rs 35,000 and Rs 10,000 in her account with the Bank of Baroda at Vadodara on May 10, 2003, before her deposition on May 17, 2003, when she was declared hostile.

Zaheera, however, said she did not remember if any money was put in her account.

The prosecution also claimed that Rs 10,000 more was credited to Zaheera's account on May 27, 2002.

The court then asked the prosecution if it knew how much money currently existed in Zaheera's account at Vadodara. The special prosecutor, Manjula Rao, wrote down an amount on a chit and showed it to the judge. The amount was not disclosed before the court.

The prosecution asked Zaheera if it was true that cash amounting to Rs 1.9 lakh was deposited in her brother Nasibullah's account with the Syndicate bank at Bhayander. Zaheera said she had no knowledge of it.

The prosecution also questioned Zaheera about the cash, totalling Rs one lakh, which was paid as rent for the two houses that she (Zaheera) and her family had rented out in Mumbai.


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