Court acquits four men let off in 2013 Mumbra building collapse case
Mumbai city news: In September 2013, building number 5 of Banno Mansion collapsed, killing four people. The police arrested developers Akhil Shaikh, 63, Banno Shaikh, 54, Shakil Shaikh, 41, and Mubin Shaikh.mumbai Updated: Jul 15, 2017 00:09 IST
The Thane sessions court on Friday acquitted four developers accused in the collapse of Banno Mansion in Mumbra.
They were let off because of lack of evidence.
The four were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and under the MRTP Act.
Three were in prison for the past four years.
In September 2013, building number 5 of Banno Mansion collapsed, killing four people. The police arrested developers Akhil Shaikh, 63, Banno Shaikh, 54, Shakil Shaikh, 41, and Mubin Shaikh.
The incident happened five months after the collapse of Lucky Compound building which killed 74 people.
The developers, in their defence, claimed that the building was not constructed by them but by a former corporator who is dead now.
The Thane sessions court had been hearing the case for six months.
All of the accused had appealed to the high court thrice seeking bail.
Only Banno got bail in 2015.
Defence lawyer MJG Shaikh said, “We told the court that my client only installed doors and windows of the building. The building was constructed by a former corporator. Moreover, the corporation had demolished an illegal floor making the foundation weak.”
He added, “We had demanded that the section 304 (A) deaths due to negligence or accident
be imposed on the four instead of 304. The court rejected the plea.”
He added that we it was an accident and the four were not responsible for it. “The court
on Friday acquitted all four due to lack of evidence,” Shaikh added.