Morbi tragedy: Bail pleas of 8 accused rejected

Times of India | 1 week ago | 24-11-2022 | 06:51 am

Morbi tragedy: Bail pleas of 8 accused rejected

RAJKOT: The sessions court in Morbi on Wednesday refused bail to eight of the nine accused in the October 30 suspension bridge collapse which had left 135 people dead. The order on the bail plea of the ninth accused, Devang Parmar of DevPrakash Solutions, which had got the subcontract of bridge repairs, is expected today. District government pleader Vijay Jani said, "Principal district and sessions judge PC Joshi rejected the bail application of eight accused. The detailed order is awaited." Morbi bridge collapse: A visual report to explain what might have gone wrongThose who had filed bail pleas were two managers of Oreva Group, Dinesh Dave and Dipak Parekh, subcontractor Prakash Parmar, ticket booking clerks and security guards, Mansukh Topiya, Mahadev Solanki, Alpesh Gohil, Dilip Gohil and Mansukh Chauhan. While opposing their bail plea on Monday, the prosecution had submitted a forensic report which confirmed that the cables of the bridge were rusted, anchors broken and the bolts that connect the cable with anchors were loose. Despite knowing the rickety condition of the bridge, a total of 3,165 were issued on October 30. The prosecution also argued that the security guards were actually labour contractors who had no expertise in crowd management. Also, there was no coordination between the two booking clerks who were issuing tickets at each corner of the bridge.

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