Police searching for missing lift contractor
The Matunga police are on the lookout for Bipin Singhania, the contractor of the service lift at La Sonarisa building, that crashed on Sunday morning resulting in the death of six persons.mumbai Updated: Jan 11, 2011 01:41 IST
The Matunga police are on the lookout for Bipin Singhania, the contractor of the service lift at La Sonarisa building, that crashed on Sunday morning resulting in the death of six persons.
Meanwhile, Boman Irani and Persy Choudhari of Rustomjee builders, along with Kaushik Shah and Chandresh Mehta from Success Developers, who were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, were granted relief till January 14 by a local court on Monday.
Ketan Shah, the sixth accused, also from Success Developers, who was arrested on Sunday night, was remanded in police custody till January 13.
Investigating officer, Pramod Koparde from Matunga police station said, “We will be questioning the 32 labourers at the La Sonarisa building to find out about the condition of the lift. ”
“We spoke to one of the labourers who was waiting on the seventh floor for the lift to come up when the crash happened. We are certain that the lift crashed from below the seventh floor.” It was initially thought that the lift had crashed from above the 15th floor.
“We have written to engineers of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority and the Public Works Department asking to provide technical details concerning the service lift. Our investigations are at the preliminary stage, so no more arrests have been made,” Koparde added.
On Monday afternoon, Irani, Choudhari, Kaushik Shah and Mehta applied for an anticipatory bail application fearing arrest.
Advocate Lakshman Kanal, who filed the application, said, “Our basic contention was that this was a clear accident. The lift was not meant for the workers who are not concerned with the site and the accused had nothing to do with them.”
He added, “The sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) are not applicable. At the most Sec 304 (a) – causing death by negligence can be applied. But the directors cannot be accused in it.”
Magistrate Jogesh Rane granted them interim relief till January 14.
First Published: Jan 11, 2011 01:40 IST