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Mahad building collapse: Builder gets interim relief

About a year after 16 people died in the collapse of a building in Mahad in the Raigad district, a sessional court issued a temporary bail order in a recent order. The court took into account the guidelines of a senior state committee, which proposed the release of prisoners to unload prisons due to COVID-19 pandemic

Farouk Mahmoudiya Kazi, the builder of the Tarique Garden that collapsed on 24 August last year, was arrested on 3 September last year and has been in custody ever since.

The prosecution, led by special prosecutor Amin Salkar, opposed Qazi’s claim, stating that his usual application for bail was in fact pending before the Bombay High Court.

However, the defense attorney representing Kazi said the latter was prosecuted under sections of the Indian Penal Code that fall under the committee’s recommended bail offenses. He was also informed that Kazi had previously had liver disease, which made him vulnerable to coronavirus disease. The court examined these arguments by allowing Kazi to bail.

In February of this year, Kazi appealed to the Mangaon District Court, which then stated that evidence, sufficient in the absence of a rebuttal, showed that Kazi was directly involved in the construction of the building. Prosecution witnesses also testified about the substandard materials used in the construction, which resulted in the death of 16 people. An appeal against the ruling is pending in a high court.

So far, police in the city of Mahad have involved seven people, including Kazi, in the case of the collapse of the building. The five-story building, which housed 41 apartments, collapsed seven years after its construction.



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