|Best Bakery case: Court reserves order till Feb 24|
Mumbai, Feb 21: Mumabi court has reserved its order in Best Bakery case, which was to decide the fate of 17 accused, till February 24 as certain formalities still needs to be completed in connection with the case.
Earlier it was decided that a sessions court would give its verdict today for torching the Best Bakery in Vadodara.
The verdict would be delivered by Judge Abhay Thipsay who conducted the retrial in the Best Bakery carnage on the Supreme Court orders.
Altogether 17 accused are facing charges of rioting and murder of 14 people who had taken refuge in the Best Bakery on Hanuman Tekdi on March 01, 2002.
Zaheera Sheikh, prime witness in the case, had moved the Supreme Court alleging that all the 21 accused in the case had been acquitted by the trial court in Gujarat as she had turned hostile because of threats issued to her.
The apex court, on April 12, 2004, asked a Mumbai court to conduct the retrial so that the accused were given a fair trial outside Gujarat and the witnesses deposed without any fear.
While ordering retrial, the apex court had quashed the lower court order acquitting all the 21 accused. Four of them were untraceable and 17 were arrested and brought to Mumbai for retrial.