A Delhi court on Friday remanded Amrit Singh, the owner of the building which collapsed in New Delhi on Monday killing 70 people, in police custody for two days.
“The accused is remanded in two days police custody,” Additional chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kiran Bansal said.
The Crime branch of Delhi Police, which was entrusted with the case on Friday, had sought three days police custody of the accused saying they have constituted a team of experts to look into the issue.
They pleaded that they have to unravel the chain of events pertaining to the material that had been used in the construction of the ill-fated building.
They also said that they need to interrogate the accused about the identity of the contractor.
The counsel for the accused, however, vehemently opposed the plea of the prosecution contending that whatever was required by the investigating agency had already been provided by the accused.
The accused, who was arrested on November 16 from Geeta Colony in New Delhi, has been booked under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC, which prescribes life imprisonment as the maximum sentence.
Seventy people were killed and 82 people were injured when the building at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar came crashing down around on November 15.
Most of the victims were migrant labourers and their family members.