Morbi: Managing Director of Ajanta Manufacturing Ltd, the agency which was given contract for operation and upkeep of a suspension bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi city that collapsed on October 30 final 12 months killing 135 folks, has moved a court docket right here for anticipatory bail fearing arrest within the case. Jaysukh Patel, moved the anticipatory bail plea within the classes court docket in Morbi fearing arrest within the bridge collapse case, sources mentioned. The plea is more likely to be heard on Saturday, they mentioned. 9 individuals, together with 4 workers of Ajanta Manufacturing (Oreva Group), have been arrested to date within the case. They included two managers and an equal variety of ticket reserving clerks of the Oreva Group that was managing the British-era bridge. Patel’s identify was not included within the first info report (FIR) filed by the police quickly after the tragedy. Police sources mentioned they are going to file a charge-sheet within the case earlier than January 30.
The suspension bridge on the Machchhu river was being maintained and operated by the Oreva Group as per an settlement signed with Morbi municipality. Patel’s transfer comes even because the Gujarat authorities has issued a show-cause discover to the native municipality asking why it shouldn’t be dissolved for failing to discharge its duties that led to the tragedy.
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A government-appointed Particular Investigation Workforce (SIT) had cited, amongst different issues, a number of lapses on a part of the Oreva Group in repairs, upkeep and operation of the carriageway.
The lapses cited by the particular probe workforce included no restriction on the variety of individuals accessing the bridge, no curb on sale of tickets, resulting in unrestricted motion on the bridge and finishing up repairs with out consulting consultants.