Four years after Mumbra building collapse, Bombay HC calls Maharashtra government’s probe ‘shoddy’
The Bombay high court asked why buildings kept collapsing in and around MumbaiUpdated: Aug 05, 2017, 09:59 IST
Four years after the Mumbra building collapse, the Bombay high court rapped the state government, the Thane police and the civic administration for their ‘shoddy probe’ into the case.
Terming the police probe report an “eyewash,” a bench of justice RM Savant and justice Sadhana Jadhav said the authorities should “show some sensitivity towards the victims.”
The high court bench also asked, “Why is it that so many buildings keep collapsing in and around Mumbai? What do the authorities do?”
The bench noted that since the last hearing in the case on July 14 this year, the Thane police had done nothing except record statements of four men who had supplied material for construction of the building.
The court said if this was the police’s conduct in a case that was being heard in court, it wondered what the police and the administrative authorities do in the maters that do not reach the court.
The bench was hearing a PIL seeking an expedited probe into the collapse of the seven-storey building that killed 44 people and injured 62 others. In 2014, another bench of the high court had granted bail to four builders who were accused in the case.
On the last hearing, the HC had directed the commissioner of police, Thane, to submit a probe report.
“For the past four years, you have done nothing and now after the PIL has been filed, and the court has issued directions, then you are going to record statements of material suppliers. These suppliers will say they haven’t supplied any material so will that be the end of the matter? Given the fact that all accused are out on bail and they can easily tamper with the evidence, they can influence all the witnesses, what are you going to do?” the bench asked.
“There is really no sensitivity on part of the probe team. This is certainly not the way to proceed with a case. We fail to understand why are you even proceeding with the trial,” it said.
The HC has now directed the Thane police to submit a detailed progress report within four weeks.