Pune session court rejects Alcon’s site engineers bail plea

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The judge of Pune’s additional sessions court S R Tamboli on Tuesday turned down the bail plea of Mr. Rajaram Maruti Kale, a site civil engineer hired by the famous Alcon Landmarks realty firm for construction of the retaining walls at the Alcon Stylus society located in Kondhwa region.

Kala was detained by the police on July 25 for retaining the suspicious wall collapse at Alcon Stylus society. After an initial custodial remand, he proceeded for a normal bail plea on August 13th.

The incident of the collapsing of the retaining wall of the Alcon Stylus society took place on June 29th, following a heavy rain, claiming the lives of 15 on field construction workers. The debris materials stormed on the huts situated close to the wall area near an excavated region adjacent to the Royal Exotica project, which is being constructed by the Kanchan Group.

The PMC sent its first notice to the Alcon over the controversial issue of weak and poorly developed retaining wall on the month of March of 2014. But Kale was actually not associated with this project at that time. Patil, who is Kale lawyer pointed out and submitted in his report that he submitted to the court that the police in its own file described Kale as one of the fabricators of the incident. The Pune Municipal Corporation in its second notice to the Alcon group was issued on February 8th of this year. Patil argued and blamed the police had somehow managed to implicate Kale under pressure.

Patil also argued that this case doesn’t fall in the ambit of Section 304-II, the section dealing with culpable homicide. According to him it should come under 304-A, which is the section dealing with negligence, as according to PMC’s own rule no site engineer has no direct liability.

But the public prosecutor Sanjay Pawar in his report argued this offence to be a serious one and also said Kale was actually hired as one of the primary site engineers and so it was the builder’s job to inform Kale regarding the PMC’s rules and warnings regarding the disputed wall.