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CSMT bridge collapse: Two civic engineers file bail pleas

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Two BMC engineers, arrested in connection with last month's foot-over bridge (FOB) collapse here, have moved separate pleas before a sessions court, claiming the case against them is "false and concocted".

The engineers, and S F Kakulte, were working with the bridges department of the (BMC).

The duo was arrested days after the 40-year-old bridge, connecting the area near the building with the CSMT railway station in south Mumbai, collapsed on March 14, killing seven people.

Earlier, their pleas had been rejected by the

In their moved before additional sessions M S Azmi Monday, the accused claimed they have been "falsely implicated" in the case and have nothing to do with the said offence.

The allegation against them is "false and concocted" and there is nothing on record to involve them in the crime directly or indirectly, they said.

The accused claimed that even admitting that they had not done their job properly, in the worst case scenario it can merely be dereliction of duty and not the IPC sections applied in the case.

They have been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other relevant provisions of the IPC.

Culpable homicide not amounting to murder invites maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

In its reply filed before the court Tuesday, the police said the accused were not present on the spot during the of the bridge even for a single day.

It is mandatory to carry out the inspection of such bridges before and after the monsoon, but the accused never did so, the police said.

Their applications will come up for hearing Thursday, said.

Besides the duo, police have also arrested in connection with the incident.

Desai, who worked with a private firm, had allegedly given clearance for continued use of the ill-fated bridge after a

A preliminary report into the collapse submitted by the BMC had said the of the was not carried out properly.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 00:15 IST