Gujarat High Court holds corporation officer responsible for Morbi bridge accident, says compensation amount insufficient


Gujarat Excessive Courtroom Chief Justice Arvind Kumar, whereas listening to at the moment on the Morbi bridge collapse that claimed over 135 lives on October 30, held SV Zala, the chief officer of Morbi Municipality, answerable for the bridge collapse. Together with this, the court docket additionally expressed dissatisfaction over the compensation quantity given to the deceased.

Excessive Courtroom Chief Justice Arvind Kumar and Justice A.J. Shastri’s bench whereas making very strict remarks throughout at the moment’s listening to stated that the Chief Officer of Morbi Municipality S.V. Jala is prima facie responsible of negligence and even the affidavit filed by the municipality lacks particulars.

The Excessive Courtroom sought an in depth report on all comparable bridges within the state and requested it to be submitted inside 10 days. The court docket suo motu initiated a public curiosity litigation within the incident. In the course of the listening to, the court docket stated, “We are not satisfied with the compensation amount given to the families of the deceased, a family should get a compensation of at least Rs 10 lakh.”

Additionally, the Excessive Courtroom expressed displeasure on seeing the point out of caste in entrance of the names of among the deceased within the accident. On the court docket’s inquiry, the Advocate General replied that it helps in figuring out if there’s some other scheme or program below which the household is entitled to get advantages.
The Chief Justice has additionally sought particulars of the federal government recordsdata associated to the case and when the SIT report was positioned earlier than the trial court docket.

The Excessive Courtroom noticed that it’s excessive time that each one the officers monitoring, managing, controlling and administering such bridges throughout the State ought to be sure that the bridges below their jurisdiction are in correct situation and if not, remedial motion must be taken. wanted. The matter has now been posted for subsequent listening to on December 12.

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