Karachi: Bail plea of factory owner rejected Boiler blast case
KARACHI: The Additional District and Sessions Judge-II, Central, Nelofer Shahnawaz, on Tuesday rejected the bail application of the factory owner in the boiler blast case. Nine people died and 25 others were injured when the boiler of a towel-dyeing and bleaching factory in New Karachi exploded on July 24, 2007.
A case (FIR 3592007) was registered against factory owner Akhtar Hussain Baloch and boiler operator Mohammad Ahsanullah under Section 322 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Taimuria police station.
They were indicted on a manslaughter charge but they pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case. Through his counsel, Mr Baloch later submitted a bail application in court.
After hearing the final arguments from both sides, the judge pronounced the order on his plea on Tuesday.
Three prosecution witnesses, meanwhile, appeared in court to testify in the case. But their statements could not be recorded due to the absence of the defence counsel.
The court adjourned the boiler blast case hearing till March 8 and directed the witnesses to record their statements on the next hearing.
Earlier, investigation officer Mohammad Ilyas had submitted the final charge-sheet in the court of the judicial magistrate, central, Abdul Zahoor Chandio, on September 24, 2007. Referring to a parallel inquiry conducted by the directorate of industries, the report states that a boiler operator must hold a relevant licence and should be well-versed with the operation of the machinery.
More than 10 prosecution witnesses have been examined in the case so far.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.