Best Bakery: HC to Hear Appeals From March 5

Best Bakery: HC to Hear Appeals From March 5
The Bombay High Court will commence day-to-day hearing from March 5 on the appeals filed by the nine convicts who were awarded life term in the 2002 Best Bakery case.

Fourteen persons, who had taken refuge in the Best Bakery on Hanuman Tekdi in Gujarat's Vadodara city on March 1, 2002, during the post-Godhra riots, were killed by a mob.

Of the 17 accused, nine had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in Mumbai.

All the convicts had approached the high court challenging the special court's order of 2006.

In a twist to the case, prime witness Yasmeen Shaikh had filed an application before the high court claiming that she was forced to give evidence against the accused by social activist Teesta Setalvad.

Yasmeen had alleged that Teesta had promised her money if she gives a false deposition before the trial court implicating the arrested accused in the case.

Yasmeen had sought the high court to re-record her evidence. The court had, however, said it would first hear and decide on the appeals filed by the convicts.

"If we agree with the trial court's judgment then we will hear Yasmeen's application. If not then the application need not be heard," the court had said.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode would hear the appeals on a day-to-day basis from March 5, the High Court said today.
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