MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court, on Monday began day-to-day hearing on the appeal of nine convicts, awarded life-term in the 2002 Best Bakery case, along with the petition filed by Shaikh Yasmeen Banum key prosecution witness alleging that she was lured and misguided.
Ms Bano sought that her evidence be recorded afresh by the High Court while hearing the appeal filed by the nine convicted. She had filed a petition in April 2011 stating that she gave ‘false deposition against the accused and identified them falsely at the behest and advice of Teesta Setalvad only in the false hope that she (Teesta) would help her financially.’
In Feb 2006 a Mumbai Sessions Court convicted and gave life imprisonment to 9 out of the 17 accused and issued notices to Zaheera and her family for tendering false evidence. Fourteen people who had taken refuge in the Best Bakery in Vadodara were killed, allegedly by a mob, on March 1, 2002, during the post-Godhra riots.