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Don tried to poison Best accused, says CM

Don tried to poison Best accused, says CM

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 15, 2004

CM Vilasrao Deshmukh stated in the legislative assembly on Tuesday that Arthur Road jail superintendent Swati Sathe had on Monday informed special judge Abhay Thipsay, who is hearing the Best Bakery case in Mumbai, of a plot to poison the 17 accused who are lodged in the jail.

TOI had on Sunday published a report of the plot which was allegedly hatched by certain members of the Dawood Ibrahirn gang who are also lodged in the same jail. The plot was foiled because of the alertness of Sathe and her team who discovered chits in Urdu which pointed to the conspiracy. These chits were exchanged between the conspirators and their associates outside the jail. However, deputy inspector-general of police Rashmi Shukla had on Sunday denied the reports.

Deshmukh assured the house that the lives of the 17 Best Bakery case accused as well those of special judge Abhay Thipsay and the witnesses would be protected. The judge had received several letters threatening him with dire consequences and this was also reported by TOI on Monday.

The matter was raised in the lower house by Narayan Rane (Sena) and Gopinath Munde (BJP) through an adjournment notice. Rane urged speaker Babasaheb Kupekar to take up the matter for a debate. The speaker declined to admit the adjournment motion but directed the government to take a serious view of the matter since threats had been issued to a judge and the lives of the accused persons and witnesses were in danger.

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