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Where Gujarat Court failed, Supreme Court stepped for Best Bakery case
The inconsistencies in Zahira's statements were bound to be there due to long delay in settling the Best Bakery Case. It was a high profile case involving top guns and quite understood that it was not possible for Zahira to remain uninfluenced. Justice delayed is justice denied but anyways Supreme Court has done the justice by convicting nine persons out of 21 accused.

IT WAS the Supreme Court that did the justice for the victims of one of the most brutal carnages in modern India. Yes, we are talking about the Best Bakery Case, in which 14 persons were burnt alive by a Hindu mob in Vadodara during post Godhra riots in which more than a thousand people were killed.

 

Though the final justice would be done after the all the people wanted in this case, who police are looking for are sent behind the gallows but after reinvestigation by the Supreme Court made it sure that nine out of 21 accused were sentenced for life while four others are still at bay. Eight accused were released by the apex court.

 

Like the Bilkis Bano case, another victim of the riots, the Best Bakery case in which prime witness Zahira Sheikh, who had registered the complaint turned hostile several times, was transferred out of Gujarat to Mumbai. Earlier a Gujarat court had acquitted all the accused ‘for the lack of evidence and Zahira’s hostile nature. Though in a sting operation, Tehelka magazine had filmed a BJP MLA Madhu Srivastav, admitting that he paid 18 Lakh rupees to Zahira to turn hostile, according to Hindustan Times.

 

Zahira Sheikh was sentenced to one year imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,000 on turning hostile. The inconsistencies in Zahira’s statements were bound to be there due to long delay in settling the case. Our Judiciary after a lapse of so many years still use the  terminology ‘most likely ‘ meaning that they are still not sure about the findings or they don’t want to commit, avoiding any kind of criticism from the politicians and others.

 

 Lastly can any Court of Law bring back the lost honour/dignity/happiness to Zahira and others of both the cases? Why are our courts so slow to deliver justice and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that even the courts here are influenced by the politicians. Even in this case, it has taken around 10 years to convict the accused. Justice delayed is justice denied!

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