Morbi victims’ families seek removal of public prosecutor Mitesh Amin for not opposing bail of Oreva Group chief Jaysukh Patel

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The families of the victims of the Morbi bridge tragedy wrote a letter to the Prime Minister’s office, Union Law Minister’s office and Gujarat Chief Minister’s office seeking the removal of additional advocate general and public prosecutor Mitesh Amin from the case.

The ‘Tragedy Victim Association of Morbi’ comprising families of 111 people who died in the incident demanded Amin’s removal for not opposing the bail of Oreva Group Managing Director Jaysukh Patel, who is the prime accused in the case.

The case pertains to the collapse of the century-old suspension bridge which plunged into Gujarat’s Macchu River on October 30, 2022. The tragedy claimed 135 lives.

Jaysukh Patel is the promoter of Ajanta Oreva Group, the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of the bridge.

The Gujarat High Court on December 13 reserved its verdict on the bail plea filed by Jaysukh Patel after public prosecutor Mitesh Amin submitted that the matter is up to the discretion of the court. Amin had told the court that there was “no possibility” of Patel running away since he is a businessman.

The families of the victims said it was “completely surprising and spine-chilling” that the public prosecutor adopted a “loose and stigmatic approach while representing the State of Gujarat”.

“It would not be out of the place to say that the arguments commenced by Shri Amin also reflected the stands of the State Government, which seems to be completely contrary to what had been promised,” added the families.

The association added that contrary to the prosecutor’s attitude in court, the state government and the central government in October 2022 made “staunch promises” that no stones would be left unturned in the investigation in the case. It added that the families of the victims had high hopes from the prosecution “due to continuous assurances” by the state government that a strict approach would be adopted against the perpetrators of the incident.

Jaysukh Patel is facing charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including culpable homicide, acts endangering human life, and rash or negligent acts.

(Input by Atul)

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Published On:

Dec 17, 2023

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