All the 41 accused in the Kerala’s Kollam temple fire tragedy that claimed over 100 lives have been given bail as police couldn’t file chargesheet.
Police had to file the chargesheet within the 90-day deadline. Further, Justice P Ubaid instructed them to surrender their passports to the police and not to leave the state.
The accused included 15 managing committee members of the temple, firework contractor and his workers.
Earlier, the court had refused to grant them bail and noted that Kerala has developed a very unhealthy cultural practice that any religious festival or ceremony must be glamorised by fireworks and elephant parade.
In April this year, the fire started around 3 am at a ground next to the temple where 10,000 to 15,000 people were present for a festival. Over 100 people were killed and more than 1000 were injured.