The Bombay High Court noted the BMC had clearly submitted to the court that the Shankar Lok building in Vakola, that collapsed Friday claiming seven lives, was “in very dilapidated condition.”
The corporation had urgently mentioned the case on Friday to inform the court about the collapse of the building that had been embroiled in a legal battle between the BMC and residents Sinda, Sudha and Satyan Sridharan, who refused to vacate the building for over six years. Sudha was among those killed as the building came crashing down, while Satyan was injured.
Justices Anoop Mohta and M S Sonak noted the case had been pending since 2008 with interim reliefs as the Sridharans refused to vacate.
The judges cited an order passed by another bench on October 25, 2013, in which it observed: “That in the event, any mishap takes place or any untoward incident occurs, the Municipal Corporation will not be held responsible for the consequences qua the petitioner as the petitioner continues to reside in the structure, which the corporation claims is in ruinous and dangerous state, at her own risk.”
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