Mumbai : Citing grounds of parity, the Bombay High Court has granted bail to an executive engineer of Thane Municipal Corporation who is facing trial in a case of a building collapse in which 74 persons were killed in 2003.

Justice A M Thipsay granted bail to Subhash Rawal who was in-charge of the relevant area when the building collapsed on April 4, 2003. Rawal was released on bail last week in the sum of Rs 50,000 with one surety in like amount, on the condition to report to the office of the Crime Branch, Unit¬I, Thane, on every Sunday between 4 and 6 PM, until further orders of the trial court.

Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray contended during the argument on the aspect of parity that the prosecution intends to approach the Supreme Court challenging the orders passed by the High Court granting bail to some of the co¬accused in this case.

Police had arrested 27 accused, including Rawal in this case.

Some of them were granted bail by the High Court earlier while three others are yet to be arrested. Those arrested included the staff of Thane Municipal Corporation as it was felt that they were responsible for the illegal construction of some floors in the building as a result of which it collapsed, killing several people.

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