The Bombay High Court Tuesday posted a public interest litigation, seeking a judicial inquiry into the stampede at the Elphinstone railway station last week, for hearing on October 6.
A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar said it would hear the petition filed by Thane resident Vikrant Tawde on October 6. Tawde’s lawyer V P Patil sought an urgent hearing of the matter, to which Chief Justice Chellur said, “What urgency? Overnight what can we do?”
The petition has sought for an exercise to be carried out to identify similar high-risk railway stations and give top priority to the widening of bridges, besides ensuring zero tolerance towards hawkers and encroachers on bridges.
Another bench headed by Justice B R Gavai posted another PIL seeking an NIA probe into the stampede for hearing on October 5.
The PIL, filed by city residents Faisal Banaraswala and Abdul Qureshi, has sought the railways to remove bottlenecks on such bridges, clear pathways, install escalators and create multiple entry and exit points. ENS