The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on Tuesday opposed the petition of a lawyer seeking CBI inquiry against its officials in a building collapse case. ‘Shankar lok’, a dilapidated building in Vakola here, had collapsed killing seven persons last month.

Advocate Sindha Sreedharan had refused to vacate the dilapidated building despite several notices by the municipal authorities. Later, the police filed a complaint and booked her for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. She had approached the Bombay High Court last month seeking relief from arrest. The court had ordered that no coercive action should be taken against her.

Ms Sreedharan has contended in her petition that the building collapse was an act of sabotage and that the corporation officials along with the builder were responsible for it. She had sought CBI investigation against the MCGM officials.

The MCGM authorities on Tuesday submitted an affidavit before the court opposing the lawyer’s plea.

The police told the court that they had already registered an FIR in the matter, and had finished recording the statements. “We are awaiting reports from the BMC office regarding the approved plans of the building,” the government pleader said.

The court has given time to all the parties till May 2 to file rejoinder, synopsis and reply.


7 die in Mumbai building collapseMarch 14, 2014