Morbi Bridge Collapse: Gujarat Opposes Renovation Agency Boss’s Bail Request

Patel had moved a plea for normal bail earlier than the court docket of principal district and classes decide. (File)


The Gujarat authorities on Wednesday opposed the common bail plea of Jaysukh Patel, managing director of Oreva Group, within the case pertaining to final 12 months’s Morbi suspension bridge collapse that killed 135 individuals, asserting that he’s the primary accused.

Oreva Group was liable for the operation and upkeep of the British-era suspension bridge which snapped on October 30, 2022. The accident left 56 grievously injured.

Patel had moved a plea for normal bail earlier than the court docket of principal district and classes decide PC Joshi, practically three weeks after the identical court docket had rejected his interim bail plea.

After the conclusion of the listening to from the 2 sides, the court docket reserved its verdict for Friday, Public Prosecutor SK Vora mentioned.

Through the listening to Wednesday, SK Vora opposed Patel’s bail plea on the bottom of parity with 9 different accused whose related petitions had been turned down by the court docket.

Patel has been proven as the primary accused within the chargesheet filed on March 10 by a particular investigation crew (SIT) probing the case.

“The roles of the accused who labored as safety guards and offered tickets to the guests of the bridge might be mentioned to be of lesser diploma in comparison with that of Patel, who’s the primary accused. The bail pleas of 9 accused had been rejected by this court docket and the excessive court docket. Due to this fact, the court docket mustn’t grant him bail,” argued SK Vora.

The matter got here up for listening to whilst Oreve Group advised the Gujarat Excessive Court docket on March 27 that it has deposited half of the quantity for compensation to the victims of the bridge collapse, in compliance with its February 22 order.

The SIT, which investigated the case, had filed a supplementary chargesheet towards Patel within the court docket on March 10. The case was then dedicated (transferred) to the classes court docket for trial towards him and 9 different accused.

The SIT had on January 27 filed a chargesheet towards the 9 accused arrested earlier within the case. Patel was then proven as a fugitive. He later surrendered earlier than a court docket and was arrested by the police on January 31.

Patel and others have been booked beneath Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 304 (culpable murder not amounting to homicide), 308 (try to commit culpable murder), 336 (act which endangers human life), 337 (inflicting damage to any individual by doing any rash or negligent act) and 338 (inflicting grievous damage by doing rash or negligent act).

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