MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Monday appointed former Chief Justice of Allahabad high court Dilip Bhosale to conduct an enquiry into the May 13 collapse of a huge billboard at a petrol pump in Ghatkopar that killed 16 persons and injured many others.
The State issued a government resolution (GR) on Monday that said “an illegal billboard on railway land” in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area collapsed on a petrol pump leaving 16 dead and 74 injured.The fatalities led to a serious concern over the lawfulness of existing billboards in other parts of the city especially on government or railway lands and has raised many questions over securing and safety of residents. The state home department said a need arose for a “time bound” enquiry into the billboard collapse and appointed CJ (retired ) Bhosale for the task to head a special committee.
The other members of the committee and the terms of reference for the committee will be set soon said the GR. It will be communicated to Justice Bhosale who was before his elevation a Judge of the Bombay high court.
Justice Bhosale said on Monday that he has yet to be informed of his appointment by the State. But he added that he would go deep into the issue once the terms of reference are set and all committee members appointed.
Justice Bhosale has headed committees and commissions in the past too.
He headed the enquiry commission constituted by UP government under the provisions of the commission of enquiry act to do an enquiry into the killing of Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf while they were being taken to hospital. “I submitted the report almost 4-5 months back and I am informed that it has been accepted by the government of Uttar Pradesh. While enquiring into the alleged incident, reference was also made to make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future.”
It was also a time bound enquiry which he completed within time.
The Mumbai crime branch last week arrested two more persons in the Ghatkopar collapse case. The duo were traced to Goa the police told the media.
Mulund resident Bhavesh Bhinde’s Ego Media Pvt Ltd had set up the 120×120-foot advertising hoarding in Pant Nagar in Ghatkopar East, which collapsed after unseasonal rain and gusty winds swept through the city on May 13.
Police had arrested Bhinde on May 16. The police invoked sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against Bhinde.