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After Hearing For 16 Years, Supreme Court Reserves Meerut Fire Tragedy Case For Judgment

Lawstreet Journal 25 Mar 2022 8:19pm

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A Supreme Court bench consisting of Justices Hement Gupta and Ramasubramanian has reserved judgement in a petition brought by relatives of victims of the 2006 Meerut fire disaster. After 16 years, the case has been reserved for judgement.

It should be emphasised that throughout the hearing, two one-man commissions were appointed. Justice (retired) OP Garg was appointed by the state of Uttar Pradesh as a one-man committee to investigate the disaster. The Supreme Court, however, replaced him in 2014 with Justice (retired) SB Sinha.

Shanti Bhushan, a senior advocate and former Law Minister, continued his remarks today, claiming that there was no specific evidence to determine how the fire originated and that the event planners could not be held liable in these circumstances.

Bhushan, who was representing Mrinal Event Managing Corporation, contended that the company should not be held liable.

Referring to the order passed by the Supreme Court directing the event organisers to deposit a sum of Rs.30 lakhs, he said,  “How much will they have to suffer? They have already suffered enough.”

Justice Hemant Gupta at this point interjected Bhushan and questioned,
“What about the suffering of those who perished in the fire?”

Bhushan elected not to respond to this question. It was also argued that just the event managers were imprisoned, and that no one else was held guilty or imprisoned as a result of the incident.

Bhushan contended that the Justice SB Sinha committee's findings are not binding on the court because it was a State-appointed… Continue Reading...

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