AP Govt. Gives Clean Chit To Diwakar Travels, Though 11 People Got Killed
Vijayawada: The TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy who was in news recently finally got relief in the accident case in which a travel company belonging to his family was involved. The Andhra Pradesh Transport Department gave a clean chit to Diwakar Travels after a bus belonging to the company fell into a culvert near Vijayawada and led to the death of 11 people in February this year.
As an advocate, KV Subbareddy had filed a PIL in the High Court seeking action against officials concerned for the loss of lives in the accident, the judiciary sought a response from the principal secretaries of transport and labour departments.
Responding to the directions of the court, the Principal Secretary of transport department filed an affidavit, giving a clean chit to the bus and travel company and also added that all provisions of the Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961 were followed. More: JC, Why This Ruckus?
The Secretary also said that there were two drivers with valid licences on the bus and in operation for last one year, and the vehicle met all safety standards.
The bus fell into a culvert on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway on February 28, in the early hours of the morning. The driver, Adinarayan Reddy, was among those who died.
The injured passengers were stuck for over four hours, even as rescue teams struggled to remove the bodies, crushed between the seats of the bus. More: State faults curve on NH as reason for Diwakar travels bus mishap
The contention is that after the accident, the police instead of filing a case against Diwakar Travels booked the dead driver for the accident.