Delhi building collapse: Owner in police custody; judicial probe ordered
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 17:41
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday remanded Amrit Singh, the owner of the building which collapsed here killing 67 people, in two days police custody.

The development came as the Delhi government ordered a judicial inquiry into the east Delhi building collapse.

"Custodial interrogation of the accused is necessary for the recovery of the ownership documents of the alleged building and hence, the application seeking two days of his police custody is allowed," Metropolitan Magistrate Bhawani Sharma said.

Seeking to quiz the building owner in custody, the public prosecutor said that till now 67 persons have died in the mishap and the recovery of the documents was necessary to ascertain various facts related to the 25-year-old house.

The accused, who was arrested yesterday from Geeta Colony here, has been booked under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC, which prescribes life imprisonment as the maximum sentence.

The judicial inquiry ordered today would be conducted by former Delhi High Court judge Justice Lokeshwar Prashad, top officials said.

They said the committee will look into all aspects of the incident, including any possible failure of institutional mechanism.

The terms of reference of the inquiry include making recommendations regarding the preventive and penal measures required to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

The decision to appoint the judicial inquiry was taken by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Government has asked Justice Prashad to file his report within three months.

At least 67 persons died and 82 people were injured when the building at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar came crashing down around on November 15.

Over 60 families, mostly labourers from West Bengal and Bihar, were living in the cramped quarters of the 15-year-old building, where an illegal fifth floor was under construction.


First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 17:41

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