Supreme Court during granting bail to the accused in the case of Dongri building collapse has stated that BMC was sleeping when the wrong construction of buildings was going on

Supreme Court during granting bail to the accused in the case of Dongri building collapse has stated that BMC was sleeping when the wrong construction of buildings was going on

The Apex Court While granting bail to the accused in the 2019 Dongri building collapse case has stated that the Bombay Municipal Corporation slept over the matter of wrong construction of building.

The matter was heard by the Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy and this matter was brought in front of bench last year when Dongri building collapse took place  and the subsequent arrest of one of the trustees of the trust that owned the building. The appellant, Ali Akbar Shroff approached the Supreme Court seeking bail after his application was rejected by both the trial court and the Bombay High Court.

The Court noted that unauthorized construction was made the building located at 25-B, Kesarbai-10. In July 2019, the building collapsed, killing thirteen and injuring nine others. Municipal Corporation of Mumbai appears to have slept over the matter as no action was taken against the unauthorized construction for years together as this unauthorized construction is of vintage 1990-1993.

The appellant was a trustee of the Bai Kesarbai Dharamshey Khaku Charitable and Religious Trust from December 2012 to February 2019, and had resigned about five months before the collapse.However, on the date the charge sheet was filed in March 2020, the appellant was arrested and has remained in custody for about seven months, “for reasons best known to the police authorities”.

 

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