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Bombay HC | Sameera Siddiqui | Social Thikana

Judicial Inquiry has been ordered by Bombay High Court that claims the life of 12 people due to building collapse in Malad.

The Courts appoints Justice JP Deodhar(Retd) of Bombay High Court as commissioner of inquiry for Malad building collapse.

Bombay High Court’s observation came after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) official on Thursday had said the evacuation of dilapidated building could not be done due to the COVID pandemic and the court’s restriction on that.

The High Court said that in April 2021, it made clear that action (demolition on vacating the structure) regarding dilapidated structures can be taken. So the corporation or any  other government body cannot put the blame for not being able to take the action on the court.

Notably, the Bombay High Court last year put a temporary stop on demolitions because of the lockdown. However the order as per the court was lifted by April 2021. HC said it was surprising that despite being order in place the government body is putting the blame on the court.

The court also said the most of these building were in dilapidated condition before the court orders. At least 12 people, including eight minors lost their lives after a residential building in Mumbai’s Malad area on Thursday morning.

As many as 18 people were rescued safely, while several were injured in the incident. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the collapse engulfed a nearby residential structure. It also affected another residential structure in the area that is now in a “dangerous condition”. The building, which is in dangerous condition has been evacuated.

So, the Bombay High Court on Friday has ordered a judicial inquiry in the matter of the Malad building collapse that claimed the lives of 12 people.

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