KARACHI The Sindh High Court on Thursday granted bail to NHA Chairman Chaudhry Altaf Ahmed and Director M/s Engineering Consultants International Limited, Khalid Mirza in the Shershah Bridge collapse case. Justice Zahid Hamid ordered to release the applicants/accused if they were not required in any other charge. The court after hearing final arguments from both the sides granted their applications in the sum of Rs 1.5 million each in the case of their alleged negligence and construction of the bridge without obtaining required land for the construction as per the original plan. In which as many as five people were killed, 14 others injured and six vehicles damaged when a portion of the Shershah flyover collapsed on Sept 1, 2007. The two accused were arrested on directive of trail court after their pre-arrest bail pleas were rejected. A total of nine accused were booked in an FIR lodged on April 7 on the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the Shershah bridge collapse case. The accused booked in the case include NHA chairman Altaf Ahmed Chaudhry, former NHA chairman Maj-General Farrukh Javed, NHA member (operations) Raja Nowsherwan, NHA general manager (construction) Mohammed Yousaf Barakzai, former NHA general manager (construction) retired colonel Tahseen-ul-Haq, former NHA member (planning) Syed Najamul Hassan, chairman of Ms Engineering Consultants International Limited Zaheer Mirza and directors Khaild Mirza and Naveed Mirza were found innocent. A case (FIR 181/2010) was registered against the suspects under Sections 322 (punishment for qatl-bis-sabab), 431 (mischief by injury to public road, bridge, river or channel), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) and 337-H (punishment for hurt by rash or negligent act) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the SITE police station on the directives of the apex court. The counsels of the applicants submitted before the court that their clients were found innocent during the inquiry, as there was no evidence found proving their involvement on the charges level against them.