Within six weeks, a magisterial inquiry will be completed into the Mundka fire

Within six weeks, a magisterial inquiry will be completed into the Mundka fire

A magisterial inquiry will be conducted under the control of district magistrate (West) into the Mundka fire incident that claimed 27 lives. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved the formation of the inquiry. The inquiry must be completed within six weeks, and it will determine whether departments/agencies have lapsed in their obligations, and officers responsible for those lapses will be identified and prosecuted, according to officials familiar with the matter.

According to documents seen by HT, the magistrate is going to investigate the circumstances and causes of the fire and whether any laws, rules, or other stipulations were violated on the part of the owner, the tenant, and unknown persons related to the building in which the fire tragedy occurred.

It is expected that the probe will identify lapses committed by departments/agencies concerned and their relevant officers in terms of their expected roles, responsibilities, and mandates, as well as fix responsibility of officers involved. In addition to recommending actions against erring officers, agencies, and individuals, the official said.

Additionally, it will suggest ways to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.

Visiting the site on Saturday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that a magisterial inquiry would be launched, and families of the victims will receive compensation of *10 lakh, and the injured would receive compensation of ₹50,000.

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