Dismissing the plea of industrialist Shital Vij and five others that they be discharged from the Shital Fibres collapse case,a local court on Monday framed charges against them under Section 304-A (death due to negligence),337 (injured in collapse) and 338 (grievous injuries) of IPC.
The Shital Fibres factory had collapsed on April 15,killing 23 labourers and leaving over 60 injured.
Claiming that the accused were innocent and a case should not be made out against them,public prosecutor Aarti Mehta told the court that Vij,four contractors and one supervisor have filed an application appealing that they should be discharge from the case field against them under Section 304 (a) of the IPC. Additional Chief Judicial magistrate (ACJM) Mandip Bedi,however,dismissed the application.
An inquiry report of the Shital Fibres collapse,submitted by Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner S R Ladhar had revealed that Vij had committed several irregularities while running the industrial unit. The report had also raised fingers at various departments,including factory department,District Industry Centre,Punjab Small Industries and Exports Corporation (PSIEC),State Power Corporation and Jalandhar MC for not paying heed to the violations at the unit.
Around two months ago,while trying to prove Vijs negligence in running the unit,the Jalandhar police had submitted a challan in the court by presenting statements of government officials and a few workers of Shital Fibres.
Various other documents have also been attached with the challan to prove it a case of pure negligence, said a police source.
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