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Police mentioned Bhinde is on the run.

New Delhi:

After the billboard erected by his firm fell in the course of the storm in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar on Monday, killing 14 folks and injuring a minimum of 74 others, a case has been filed in opposition to Bhavesh Bhinde for culpable murder not amounting to homicide. The proprietor of Ego Media, nonetheless, isn’t any stranger to police circumstances and has over 20 in opposition to him, together with one in all rape.

Police officers mentioned Bhinde is on the run and his cellphone is switched off.

The promoting company proprietor had additionally contested the state election as an Impartial candidate from the Mulund constituency in 2009 and, in his affidavit, he had mentioned that there are 23 circumstances registered in opposition to him below the Mumbai Municipal Company Act and the Negotiable Devices Act (for bounced cheques).

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In January this yr, a case of rape was registered in opposition to him on the Mulund Police Station and a chargesheet has additionally been filed.

Sources mentioned Bhinde had bagged a number of contracts from the Indian Railways and the Mumbai civic physique, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC), for erecting hoardings and banners over time and has violated the foundations of each organisations a number of instances. He and others in his firm are additionally named as accused in tree-poisoning and tree-cutting circumstances.

The hoarding which fell on the gasoline station in Ghatkopar on Monday was a 120X120-foot construction – so massive that it made it to the Limca Guide of Information – and the BMC has mentioned it doesn’t permit billboards over 40X40 toes in dimension.

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“We’ve got ordered motion in opposition to all unlawful hoardings within the metropolis. We’re beginning at this time. A case has been filed on this case as no permission had been given for the hoarding. A criticism was additionally acquired that some timber had been lower so this hoarding could possibly be seen. We’ve got filed a case on this regard too,” BMC Commissioner Bhushan Gagrani instructed reporters.

Whereas Bhinde’s company has claimed it had acquired permission from the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Railways), BMC officers have mentioned a nod from the municipal company can be crucial for all billboards in areas below its jurisdiction.

BMC Extra Commissioner Sudhakar Shinde instructed NDTV, “The BMC has written to the authorities a number of instances and mentioned our permission will not be being taken for erecting billboards. We had been instructed, citing numerous Acts, that our nod was not wanted. The matter is being heard by the Supreme Courtroom now. An inquiry will reveal the place the lapses occurred. The BMC’s present precedence is caring for the individuals who had been injured.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has introduced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the households of the individuals who had been killed within the tragedy and has additionally mentioned that the federal government will bear the price of remedy for many who had been injured.

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