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FOB crash: BMC engineer blames ward officer

MUMBAI: Shifting blame at the A ward assistant municipal commissioner (AMC) in the Himalaya foot overbridge crash, a BMC engineer in his bail plea claimed the officer did not stay up for the NOC and performed beautification paintings with utmost haste in 2016. Executive engineer AR Patil, who used to be supervising the structural audit works in 2017-18, and assistant engineer SF Kakulte, who used to be supervising repair works in 2013-14, have submitted their pleas before a classes courtroom.

Seven other people died in the March 14 bridge collapse. Patil and Kakulte have been arrested on April 2. Last week, a Justice of the Peace courtroom rejected their pleas for bail. The accused have been booked under the intense price of culpable murder no longer amounting to murder. Public prosecutor Mangesh Arote mentioned the pleas will arise for hearing on Thursday.

In his bail plea submitted before pass judgement on MS Azmi, Patil mentioned on November 3, 2016, the AMC wrote to the manager engineer (bridges) declaring the municipal commissioner has prompt him to embellish the bridge and that the bridge division must give its remarks on its steadiness. “The assistant municipal commissioner A ward did not stay up for the NOC of the bridge division and began the paintings with utmost hurry on November 9, 2016 for reasons highest known to him,” Patil’s bail plea mentioned.

The plea additionally claimed the AMC steadily supervised the paintings and he even signed the bills of the contractors who repaired the structure. The plea mentioned because the repairs or “so referred to as beautification paintings” used to be performed through the AMC of the A ward, it used to be their duty to see if the paintings used to be achieved correctly or no longer. Patil mentioned he had no position in executing the paintings.

Refuting the fees, Patil said even assuming he had no longer achieved his job correctly, in the worst case state of affairs, it would simply be referred to as dereliction of responsibility.

The courtroom may be prone to pronounce order at the bail plea of Neeraj Desai, director of the company that had audited the bridge, on Thursday. Desai, too, has been in prison since closing month.

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