Bombay HC upholds life to four convicts in Best Bakery case
9.7.2012 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today upheld the life sentence of four convicts in the Best Bakery riots case while five others were acquitted due to lack of evidence.
The Court said it has upheld the life sentence of the four based on the statements of the four injured eyewitnesses, all workers of Best Bakery, who identified the four as present at the place of incident with swords and other weapons.
After the trial court had acquitted all the 21 accused, an eyewitness Zaheera Sheikh, who had lost her family in the case, had moved the Supreme Court, demanding a retrial.
The Apex Court had ordered a retrial and transferred the case to Maharashtra. Four months back the court began hearing the appeal.
The incident relates to the carnage on March 1, 2002, in the aftermath of the riots triggered by the burning of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra, when 14 persons were killed after a mob attacked the Best Bakery in the Hanuman Tekri area of Vadodara.
The Best Bakery incident was the first riot-related case to be moved out of Gujarat. UNI