How Can You Give Clean Chit: HC Questions AP Govt On Diwakar Travels Tragedy

A day after AP Government gave clean chit to Diwakar Travels, High Court of Hyderabad questioned the state Transport authorities,’how is it possible?’

Amaravati: A bus belonging to Diwakar travels in February plunged into a canal near Nandigama, Kirshna district, resulting in death of 11 passengers. Diwakar travels are owned by TDP MP Diwakar Reddy.

According to investigation report, bus has violated norms of Motor Transport Workers Act (MTW) of 1961 according to which it is not registered either in Andhra Pradesh or in Telangana.

A PIL was filed by advocate Subba Reddy on this issue and secretaries of AP State Government transport department gave clean chit to the bus and travels.

They also said that the bus had two drivers and met all safety standards. The bus was in operation for the past one year.

Police did not follow the rules during that time by filing case against owner of the company, Diwakar Reddy and in turn filed case against driver who was spot dead. Main Opposition party YSRCP leader Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy protested severely on this issue but the response was negative from Government which tried to protect their MP in this issue.

After giving clean chit to travels, HC said that it is unfair to give clean chit to the firm and the firm should be brought into state’s monitoring mechanism.

This is another blow for TDP MP Diwakar Reddy who was enjoying family trip in Europe after he created ruckus at Vizag airport and because of which he was banned by many domestic flights.

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AP Govt. Gives Clean Chit To Diwakar Travels, Though 11 People Got Killed

The Transport Department of Andhra Pradesh gave clean chit to Diwakar Travels belonging to the family of TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy after a bus belonging to the company met with an accident killing 11 people.

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.

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State faults curve on NH as reason for Diwakar travels bus mishap

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Amaravati: Remember the bus accident at Mullapadu in Krishna district last week in which 11 passengers were killed and several others were injured? The AP Transport Department had, after a thorough enquiry, shifted the blame on the curve on the national highway that led to the accident. The second reason is the nap that the driver took leading to the bus hitting the culvert and falling into the culvert.

AP Transport Commissioner N Balasubrahmanyam told media persons here on Tuesday that the condition of the bus was perfect and the speed of the vehicle was under control. The fault is now shifted on the unwanted curve on the national highway and the nap that the driver took at the time. Neither the government nor the travels operators were at fault.

Balasubrahmanyam told the media persons that the department had thoroughly probed into the reasons for the accident, studied the fitness of the vehicle, including the speed lock and the speed of the vehicle on an average that it had travelled from Visakhapatnam to the accident spot. He said that the bus had left Visakhapatnam at 11 pm and had crossed the Keesara toll plaza at 5.45 in the morning. The bus met with the accident at 5.45 hours. “The distance from Keesara to the spot is 18 kilometers and the time it took was just 18 kilometers indicating that the bus was moving at 80-85 kilometers speed.

The AP Transport Department would submit the report to the State government shortly, the Commissioner said. The department would now recommend to the government to put up caution boards at every curve and culvert on the national highway to prevent such accidents in future. The government would provide refresher courses for the drivers once in every three years to check their fitness, he added.

He further added that the department would also recommend for the third driver in the bus depending on the distance.

Transport Department joint commissioner S A V Prasad, additional commissioner P Srinivas and others were present.

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  1. June 27, 2017

    […] 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 […]

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FIR Against Jagan For Questioning District Collector

Vijayawada: Bus mishap tragedy at Nandigama took political turn on Tuesday with ruling and opposition parties trying to take advantage of  it to a maximum extent.

Diwakar travels, which belongs to sitting MP, MLA of TDP, plunged into a canal in the wee hours of Tuesday which lead to death of 11 persons. There was no action on driver or bus owners yet, but opposition leader Y S Jagan who went to hospital as a courtesy, had an argument with Collector Ahmed Babu accusing the collector as corrupt.

 Government doctor tried to cover up the issue of post -mortem which led to a heated argument.  Now an FIR was filed on Jagan for allegedly misbehaving with government officials and preventing them from performing their duties.

According to YSRCP Chief Jagan, report of post-mortem was fabricated and he demanded to know the facts. The whole episode is sought to be presented by the TDP leaders in a negative way showing YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as a villain of the piece.

The media which is favouring Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been playing the episode right from the moment  the opposition leader questioned the doctors and the district collector for not conducting post-mortem on the bodies of those killed in the bus mishap.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has spoken about the days when YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was in jail. His party MLC Chandramohan Reddy took to media channels to deride YS Jagan and his father late YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Both of them found fault with Jagan for threatening to send erring officials to jail.

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