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Building collapse: 2 get anticipatory bail

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2009 01:31 IST
HT Correspondent

A father-son duo was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder over the collapse of the century-old Yusuf Manzil at Lamington Road on August 25.

On Monday, the sessions court granted them anticipatory bail.

A case was registered against Yunus Memon (58) and his son, Irfan (33), for carrying out structural changes allegedly leading to the building’s collapse.

The sessions court accepted Memons’ contention that custodial interrogation was not required and allowed their anticipatory bail application.

The Memons had also moved an application, saying the building had outlived its life and collapsed due to heavy rain and that they constructed a wall to safeguard their shop on the ground floor after a staircase collapsed in March.

Public Prosecutor R.V. Kini said they would challenge the order in the Bombay High Court.

The prosecution had argued that just a day before the building collapsed that the municipal body had recommended that the Memons be booked under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act.