Mumbai, Jun 9: A Sessions Court on Thursday sentenced Sahira, sister of Zahira Shaikh, prime witness in the Best Bakery case, to three months' rigorous imprisonment for tendering false evidence.
However, judge Abhay Thipsay did not award any sentence on Zahira's brother Nasibullah whom he had also found guilty saying that the court was inclined to put him on probation in view of his young age.
The judge said he would decide the quantum of sentence for Nasibullah after he received reports of probation officer.
Under the law, a convict on probation need not spend time in jail but can be put under surveillance for a time period specified by the court on assurance of good behaviour.
The court also fined Sahira Shaikh Rs 500 besides imposing three months RI on her. However, the judge granted Sahira bail of Rs 4,000. The bail amount was brought down from Rs 5,000 to Rs 4,000 on the request of Sahira.
The court suspended the sentence of Sahira till July 10 as she has moved the Bombay High Court challenging the Best Bakery judgement and remarks passed against her by the Judge.
Earlier, the court found Zaheera's mother guilty on the same charges and sentenced her to undergo three months RI and imposed Rs 500 fine on her.
The trial of Zaheera on the charges of giving false evidence in Best Bakery case would begin on Friday. Currently, she is serving one-year jail term in Byculla jail in keeping with the Supreme Court order holding her guilty of contempt.
Delivering the judgement on February 24, the court had issued notices to Zaheera and her family asking them to show cause why they should not be tried for tendering false evidence.