Best Bakery: SC for PP change
The Supreme Court on 9 August castigated the Gujarat-appointed public prosecutor for opposing issuance of arrest warrants against the accused in the Best Bakery case trial before a Mumbai court and observed that such a person should not continue in the post.
Asking the Director General of Gujarat Police to inform the court within a week the steps taken to apprehend the accused and produce them before the trial court, a bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat posted for August 16, hearing on an application seeking clarification on the appointment of public prosecutor in the case. The case was transferred to a Mumbai court from Gujarat by the Supreme Court, which had severely criticised the Narendra Modi government of showing indifference to the victims of the incident in which 14 people in the Bakery at Vadodra was burnt alive.
Right at the beginning, the bench observed: "The trial court wanted to issue non-bailable arrest warrants against those accused who were not present but the public prosecutor opposed it saying the State was taking steps to arrest them. What type of PP is he who opposes issuance of arrest warrants against the accused? You are showing your true colours from the first day."
Censuring the Gujarat government as modern day 'Neros' looking elsewhere when innocent children and helpless women were burning, the Supreme Court on April 12 had issued an unprecedented order quashing the acquittal of all 21 accused in the infamous Best Bakery case and directed its retrial in a Maharashtra court.
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