Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials on Saturday said they were considering filing an FIR against Shinda Sridharan, a resident of the seven-storey Shankar Lok building that collapsed on Catherine Chawl in Vakola on Friday, killing seven and injuring four persons.
Sridharan, a lawyer with the Bombay High Court and a government pleader, has been engaged in long-drawn litigation with the BMC since 2007, when the corporation first issued notices to residents asking them to vacate the building, that was 26 years old at the time. Her sister Sudha died in the collapse, while her brother Satyan suffered injuries.
Challenging the notice, Sreedharan had claimed “terror tactics and extortion racket” by the BMC and Vakola police allegedly in collusion with a local Shiv Sena politician and appointed builders of the plot, Vaibhav developers.
“We may file an FIR against the residents who refused to move out of the building, as innocent lives were lost. We have more casualties from those residing outside the building than within. It is also up to the Mumbai police to see how this case must be dealt with,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh told Sunday Newsline.
“We are collecting information from the court as well as the BMC before we register a case,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Zunjarrao Gharal, Vakola division.
Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte said, “We will go back to the courts with our evidence and reports in those cases where there are injunctions on demolishing highly dangerous and dilapidated buildings. Nobody can predict when a building will collapse once it is declared dilapidated, it could happen at any time. We have asked ward officers to create a file of documentary evidence on all highly dangerous and dilapidated buildings”