KARACHI, Nov 26: A sessions court on Monday granted interim bail to an electrical inspector in the Baldia Town garment factory fire case.

Amjad Ali through his lawyer moved a pre-arrest bail application and additional district and sessions judge (west) Abdullah Channa granted him interim pre-arrest bail against the surety bond of Rs500,000 till Dec 1.

The police cited negligence of the SITE, labour, civil defence and other departments concerned as one of the reasons of the fire in an interim report, but did not name officials in the final charge-sheet.

However, a magistrate declared managing director of SITE Abdul Rasheed Solangi, director of the labour department Zahid Gulzar Sheikh, additional controller of civil defence Ghulam Akbar and electrical inspector Amjad Ali accused on Nov 14 for their alleged negligence in the case and issued their warrants for Nov 27.