One-man panel on mishap questioned
Building collapse in Mowlivakkam enquiry on fast track
Chennai:Wondering as to how Justice R. Regupathi, a retired high court judge and now the president of the state consumer disputes redressal commission (SCDRC), could find time for an exclusive enquiry into the 11-storeyed building collapse in Mowlivakkam on June 28, the Madras high court called upon the SCDRC to send data to the court as to how many cases were pending before it and for how long.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, posted to August 28, further hearing of the public interest litigation filed by DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin, which sought to transfer investigation in the case to the CBI.
The bench said, “The commission of inquiry is headed by a retired high court judge who happens to be holding another inquiry, apart from holding the post of president of the SCDRC. He is also stated to be the chairman of the state advisory board under the Tamil Nadu Act 14 of 1992.
The matter needs attention with quick investigation. Whether somebody burdened with already so many tasks would be able to find time for such an exclusive enquiry and that too at the cost of judicial work of the SCDRC, is an issue.” Senior counsel P. Wilson, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that about 300 workers were working at the Mowlivakkam site.
However, the government declared that only 61 had died and 27 were injured. No verification was done as to what happened to the others. There was no whisper about the various irregularities committed by the officials, he added.
( Source : dc corrrespondent )