Gujarat Government Files Application in Response to Best Bakery Order

April 22, 2004 | Comments Off on Gujarat Government Files Application in Response to Best Bakery Order

The Gujarat government filed an application on Monday in response to the Supreme Court’s order in the Best Bakery case that ordered the retrial of the case outside of Gujarat.  The government claimed that key witness Zahira Sheikh had never asked for the transfer of the trial from Gujarat:

Claiming, inaccurately, that ‘‘no material was placed before the court justifying this transfer outside the state,’’ the government’s application, filed on Monday, asks the court to modify its April 12 judgment. And keep the re-trial within Gujarat.

In his article, Manoj Mitta points out how the Gujarat government’s application contradicts components of Zahira’s special leave petition, and that the government in fact misstates what’s in Zahira’s petition:

  • Zaheera’s SLP filed in January specifically prays at the end that ‘‘the re-trial including leading of completely fresh evidence be done at a sessions court outside Gujarat.’’
  • The bulk of the SLP is dedicated to various arguments and illustrations to show that ‘‘for a fair and transparent trial to take place and for meeting the ends of justice, it is essential that the trial in the Best Bakery case be shifted outside Gujarat.’’
  • Sheikh and other witnesses who turned hostile have categorically stated that they were forced to lie on oath due to threats from persons who are ‘‘politically well-connected and despite wide publicity to this fact, no action or even promise of action has come forth from the State Government against these persons.’’

On August 3, the Supreme Court will also hear the petition of the National Human Rights Commission, regarding the transfer of other key cases from the pogroms outside of Gujarat.

The Gujarat section of the blog gives the recent news on cases arising from the 2002 pogroms against Muslims.


You must be logged in to post a comment.

Name (required)

Email (required)


Speak your mind