A year after the tragedy, a sessions court on Monday framed charges against 14 accused in the Malvani hooch case.
On June 18, 2015, 106 persons had died after consuming spurious liquor in Malvani. The Mumbai Crime Branch investigating the case has over the span of one year arrested suppliers, distributors as well as dealers of the liquor, which was found to be methanol mixed with water.
The accused have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc., with intent to commit an offence), 114 (abettor present when offence is committed), 109 (punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
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The accused have also been booked under the Bombay Prohibition Act and Poisons Act. Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said that two additional charges pertaining to forgery were added on one of the accused, Liladhar Patel. “It was found during the investigation that one of the accused had forged documents to get access to ink meant for a printing press. Instead of using it for printing, it was used in the preparing the liquor,” said Gharat.
The Crime Branch had earlier filed a 13,760-page chargesheet in the case naming 16 accused.