Morbi (Guajarat): In a latest development, a 1,262 pages long chargesheet was filed on Friday in the Morbi Brdige Collapse Tragedy in 2022 which claimed 134 lives.
One Jaysukh Patel of Oreva group, responsible for rennovation of the Morbi bridge, has been named as accused in the chargesheet. In October 30, 2022, the British-era bridge on the Machchhu river in Morbi collapsed leaving over 130 dead including 47 children.
The tragedy took place just days after it was open to the public following seven months of renovation.
On Sunday, Chief Judicial Magistrate of Morbi, MJ Khan, issued an arrest warrant against Patel under section 70 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
“The court issued an arrest warrant against Jaysukh Patel of Oreva Group, which had a contract for the renovation of the Morbi bridge. He has not been arrested for 70 days.
“No lookout notice issued yet,” Government prosecutor Sanjay Vora told ANI yesterday.
Notably, Patel had moved to Morbi sessions court on January 20 for anticipatory bail in the case, while the hearing was adjourned till February 1 as the public prosecutor was not present.
Patel is not named as an accused in the FIR filed by the police in the case.
Nine persons, including four employees of Ajanta Manufacturing (Oreva Group), have been arrested so far in the case. They include two managers and an equal number of ticket booking clerks of the Oreva Group that was managing the British-era bridge.
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