PANJIM: While the chargesheet in the infamous Ruby Residency building collapse case is expected to be filed sometime this week, Crime Branch sleuths concede that Interpol’s tip-off that builder Pradip Singh Birring was present in Manchester was false.
The British passport holder was in fact hiding in India since the occurrence of the incident on January 4, 2014, until his arrest from Vashi (Mumbai) on January 16, 2015, along with the other proclaimed offender Jagdeep Sehgal.
Crime Branch sources revealed that Interpol failed to revert to its three reminders that sought clarification on the information shared with the Indian authorities about Birring’s presence in Manchester. Birring has been refusing to admit that he ever travelled abroad over the last one year.
“After his (Birring’s) claim in the Court that he never moved out of the country since the incident happened, Crime Branch decided to verify the information and wrote to the Interpol asking for details. There was no response from them, following which we sent three reminders during this period but these too have not been replied to,” he said.
In a written communiqué to Crime Branch in May 2014 the Interpol through Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had informed that its officials had located Birring in Manchester after which the Crime Branch began the process of extraditing him to India. Defence counsel Amit Palyekar had demanded an inquiry into Crime Branch’s claim that Birring was hiding in Manchester. S P Karthik Kashyap had earlier told Herald this would not affect the investigation but a clarification would indeed clarify their stand and allay allegations.
Both former directors of Bharat Developers Realtors Ltd were arrested by Crime Branch sleuths of Goa and Navi Mumbai in Vashi. The Crime Branch is most likely to file a chargesheet against the 11 accused, including erring government officials, under section 304 (culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code in the coming week.