Ghatkopar building collapse: HC rejects bail pleas of two

The Bombay High Court rejected the bail pleas of Shiv Sena worker Sunil Shitap and interior work contractor Ranjit Agale in the Ghatkopar building collapse leading to 17 deaths and many casualities.

A single bench of Justice A.S. Gadkari held, “serious complicity has been brought on record” and rejected the bail.
Mr. Shitap along with his wife and mother bought three flats on the ground floor and one more flat in the said building and converted the usage of the said premises owned by them from residential to commercial without any prior permissions or consent of the society and in July, 2017, he carried out extensive alterations on the said premises owned by them. The accused removed all the load bearing internal walls and also removed six columns and beams of the collapsed building. It is further stated that the remaining load bearing beams and columns had been tampered with and the plaster of the columns were also removed.

Mr. Shitap and Mr. Agale are currently in Thane Central prison. Their bail pleas were opposed by the relatives and family members of those who lost their lives in the collapse.

On June 11, the city civil and sessions court on Monday denied bail to Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap for the second time.
An inquiry was conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation that blamed Mr. Shitap for the loss of life and property and the residents a ccused him for carrying out the altercations to the building. He has been booked underSection 304 (causing death by negligence), Section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and Section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

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