Over Bangalore metro pillar collapse case where two were killed, Karnataka HC takes Up Suo Moto

On Friday, the Karnataka High Court launched its own public interest lawsuit over the deaths of a woman and her children caused by the collapse of a Bengaluru metro pillar pier under construction.

Software engineer Tejaswini, 28, and her son Vihan, 2.5, were killed when their motorcycle fell off a pole at a construction site for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Tuesday. Tejasvini is working with her husband Lohith Solake and taking her daughter Vismitha and her son to play school. Solake and Vismitha survive the accident.

Madan, the woman’s father, has called on the state to take firm action against those responsible for the deaths of his daughter and grandson. “I hope that in the future the government will prevent this from happening and save lives. Governments should blacklist contractors and arrest government officials. Hundreds of people’s lives will be at risk if the Prime Minister does not take decisive action. High times, he has to do it.”

Madan’s sharp reaction came after BMRCL announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that his deceased’s family would be given Rs 10 lakh each. “I’ll give you one million rupees. Can you bring my daughter and grandson back?” The Indian Express quoted the man as saying.

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In opening hearings on the PIL petition, Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Judge Ashok S Kinagri cited news reports of the accident and expressed their concerns. A woman and her child died on January 10 when a reinforcing cage at a pier under construction collapsed and fell onto a two-wheeler near the HBR layout here.

The court sought a response from the relevant officials regarding the safeguards taken and whether the safeguards were specified in the bidding documents. It also asked whether the state had issued mandates on safety measures and set the responsibilities of contractors and officials involved in construction.

HC included the State, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) as responders in the case. An order was issued to give notice to the defendant, and the hearing was adjourned.

Tejaswini, a 28-year-old software engineer, and her young son were killed in the incident while her husband and daughter escaped. BMRCL sought help from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to conduct an independent investigation into the matter and also suspended the engineers involved in the construction.

FIR was registered for Nagarjuna Construction Company and 7 other companies including BMRCL Deputy Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer.

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