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May 08, 2013 at 10:36am IST

Thane building collapse: Prosecution opposes bail plea of accused

Thane: The prosecution in the Thane building crash case on Tuesday opposed the bail pleas of two senior municipal officers arrested for the tragedy which claimed the lives of 74 people last month.

Suspended Deputy Municipal Commissioner Deepak Chavan and Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shayam Thorbole were among 22 persons arrested for the collapse of a seven-storey unauthorised building in Shil-Phata area.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Hemlata Deshmukh opposed the bail applications of Chavan and Thorbole. She produced in the court account books of two accused builders which contained entries of monies paid to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) personnel, including top officials, for protection of the illegal building which collapsed on April 4.

Thane building collapse: Prosecution opposes accused's bail plea

Assistant Public Prosecutor Hemlata Deshmukh opposed the bail applications of Deepak Chavan and Shayam Thorbole.

Deshmukh, in her argument before Judge KR Warrier, opposed the applications and said this was a case of immense importance. The mistakes committed by the civic officials cannot be pardoned at all and they have no right to seek bail, she said.

"They knew that the building was totally illegal and hazardous and can come crashing down, claiming several lives. Taking illegal gratification cannot be pardoned at all as it is a serious matter," she told the court.

Deshmukh gave details of money allegedly paid to civic officials to turn a blind eye to the illegal building's construction. The argument will continue in the court.

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