Industrialist Shital Vij,who was arrested after the collapse of his factory (Shital Fibres) which killed 23 labourer and left over 60 injured,was granted bail by a local court on Monday after Jalandhar Police Commissionerate changed the charges against him from Section 304 of the IPC to Section 304 (A). The police also dropped the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act from the case.
Vij was originally booked under Section 304 of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act. Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code is culpable homicide not amounting to murder (non-bailable) while Section 304 (A) is causing death due to negligence (bailable). The charges under Prevention of Corruption Act are also non-bailable.
The provisions were dropped from the case on Sunday after being approved by Police Commissioner Gaurav Yadav which led to Shital Vijs advocate to file bail application on Monday for the first time since his arrest. Bail was granted by the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC) Tript Jot Kaur.
ADCP (HQ) Navjot Singh Mahal,who is heading the SIT,said that during investigation it was found that Vijs case comes under Section 304 (A) not under 304. It is a case of negligence as intention of culpable homicide is not proved in this case, he added.
Regarding the dropping of Prevention of corruption Act charges,Mahal said that it was removed because it could not be established that Vij had given a bribe to anyone.
Speculations were rife that the case against Vij could be converted to 304 (A) IPC,but ADCP Mahal,on April 30,had said that they had collected strong evidences against Vij.
Three contractors including a JCB operator,who were engaged by Vij for construction of a building adjacent to Shital Fibres,were also arrested.