Kamala Mills Fire: No bail for owners of Mojo’s Bistro and 1Above

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:02 AM IST
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Mumbai: In a major setback to the owners of two eateries in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound which were gutted in a fire in December, last year, the Bombay High Court on Thursday turned down their bail pleas. Fourteen people had died and more than 20 people had sustained injuries in the massive fire which broke out in the Mojo’s Bistro and 1Above restaurants in Kamala Mills compound.

A single-judge bench of Justice Prakash Naik rejected the bail applications filed by Yug Pathak, owner of Mojo’s Bistro, and the owners of 1Above – Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijit Mankar. All these accused were arrested for carrying out illegal constructions and also for violating the requisite fire safety norms and other laws and conducting business illegally.

They were arrested in January this year and are in custody since then. In February, the police filed its charge sheet against 12 accused, including these four accused along with others and also against the owners of the Kamala Mills compound. The police had even named some BMC officials in its chargesheet. All these accused have been charged for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, causing grievous hurt by endangering life and personal safety of others and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

It may be noted that another bench of the HC had turned down the plea filed by Yug Tuli, the co-owner of Mojo’s Bistro restaurant, seeking bail in April. However, the vacation bench of the HC granted bail to Ramesh Gowani and Ravi Bhandari, the owners of the Kamala Mills compound. While granting them bail, the vacation bench held that they cannot be held responsible for the illegal acts of the restaurant owners.

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