Eight accused people arrested over the Morbi bridge collapse Monday withdrew their bail applications after the Gujarat High Court indicated it was not inclined to exercise its discretion in favour of the accused before the filing of the chargesheet.
In December, eight of the nine arrested moved for bail. Oreva Group managers Dinesh Dave and Dipak Parekh; two ticket clerks Madevbhai Solanki and Mansukhbhai Topiya; three security guards Alpeshbhai Gohil, Dilipbhai Gohil and Mukeshbhai Chauhan; Prakash Parmar and his son Devang Parmar, proprietors of the Surendranagar-based Dev Prakash Fabrication firm, which was roped in by Oreva for the bridge repair, are the accused in the case.
On November 23, a Morbi sessions court had rejected the bail pleas of all the nine accused.
On Monday, their advocates requested the court to look into the roles of these accused persons and argued that most were working for Overa Group and they had nothing to do with the arrangement to maintain the bridge and the contract awarded for repair and maintenance.
After hearing the case, Justice Dave expressed his inclination to reject the petitions with the chargesheet pending.This led the lawyers to request the court to permit them to withdraw the bail pleas with the liberty to file them afresh once the chargesheet has filed.