Mumbai Police Crime Branch will now investigate the Altaf Manzil collapse in Mahim,which claimed 10 lives in June. The home department issued the orders on Friday based on an appeal by Advocate Rizwan Merchant.
Mahim police had registered a complaint against Irfan,Sharif and Mohammed Furniturewala,who are the purported owners of the building,Sandeep Bafna,who owns a furniture shop in the building,Iqbal Ebrahim,who has a car showroom,as well as three BMC officials.
The Furniturewala brothers later approached sessions court and were granted anticipatory bail,while Ibrahim and BMC junior engineer Pravin Rane were arrested.
We have taken the documents of the case,and Unit 5 will be investigating the case, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.
Merchant,who lost his mother,wife and son in the collapse,had last month written to the office of the state home minister,asking for the case to be transferred to the Crime Branch. The Mahim police does not have the infrastructure and qualified officers to investigate such a sensitive case. The investigation was heading in the wrong direction, Merchant said.