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The Best Bakery Case

The Best Bakery Case arose as a consequence of the killing of 14 persons on the intervening night of 1st/2 nd March 2002 in the building of the Best Bakery situated in Hanuman Tekri area of Vadodara in Gujarat. The Trial Court acquitted all 21 accused following the fact that key eyewitnesses failed for fear of reprisal to repeat the statements they had earlier made to the police. Subsequently, the National Human Rights Commission requested the Supreme Court to set aside the order of acquittal.

The Best Bakery Case was conducted by S. Muralidhar, Advocate for the National Human Rights Commission, T.R. Andhyarujina, Senior Advocate and P.P. Rao, Senior Advocate.

This page includes some of the salient documents of the Best Bakery Case as well as the petitions drafted by S. Muralidhar:

  • The April 2004 judgment of the Supreme Court in Zahira Habibulla H. Sheikh and Anr. (Appellants) versus State of Gujarat and Ors (Respondents),

  • Orders delivered by the Supreme Court in this case,

  • The Special Leave Petition drafted by S. Muralidhar, and

  • The Transfer Petition drafted by S. Muralidhar.


Selected Documents

 

National Human Rights Commission versus State of Gujarat

source: Supreme Court of India, Order, 17 August 2004
date: 2004
full text PDF size: 175 [KB]
 

Supreme Court Orders

source: Supreme Court of India, Orders, National Human Rights Commission Versus State of Gujarat (2003-2004)
date: 2004
full text PDF size: 319 [KB]
 

Zahira Habibulla H. Sheikh versus State of Gujarat

source: Supreme Court of India, Judgment, 12 April 2004
date: 2004
full text PDF size: 329 [KB]
 

Transfer Petition

source: Transfer Petition 2003 in the matter of National Human Rights Commission Versus State of Gujarat
date: 2003
full text PDF size: 761 [KB]
 

Special Leave Petition

source: Special Leave Petition (Criminal) of 2003 in the matter of National Human Rights Commission Versus State of Gujarat
date: 2003
full text PDF size: 522 [KB]