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Mumbai Kamala Mills Fire: Trial court rejects Mojo Bistro owner’s bail plea for second time

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:14 AM IST

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Mumbai: A sessions court on Wednesday rejected the bail application of the co-owner of the Mojo Bistro restaurant Yug Tulli for the second time, stating he could not be considered ‘innocent’ in the Kamla Mills fire tragedy, in which 14 people lost their lives on December 29, 2017.

Tulli had applied for bail in September on the grounds that the reason for the death of the 14 people was due to flying embers from hookah, which started the blaze, and the owner of the external agency Nirvana, which had provided the hookah, had already been granted bail by the Supreme Court (SC). Earlier in May, after rejecting Tulli’s bail application, the SC had given him the liberty to file a fresh bail petition before the trial court.

Additional Sessions Judge U M Padwad stated, Tulli was running the hookah parlour at his restaurant even after having complete knowledge of the consequences and therefore he could not claim the hookah provider had been responsible for the offence. “Despite having complete knowledge of the consequences he continued his business at the same place in utter defiance of laws and regulations, and despite being warned by the civic authorities, he was not deterred from his activities,” said Judge U M Padwad Further, Padwad claimed Tulli’s offence was extremely serious and it was his sheer carelessness, because even with the knowledge of the consequences, he continued his business, which resulted in the loss of 14 lives. The accused Tulli was absconding after the incident. Before surrendering at the N M Marg police station in January, he had applied for anticipatory bail which was rejected by the trial court.

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Published on: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 08:15 AM IST