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Kamala Mills fire: Supreme Court refuses bail to Mojo Bistro restaurant co-owner

The Supreme Court refused to grant bail to Yug Tuli, co-owner of Mumbai’s Mojo Bistro restaurant who is facing criminal proceedings for the fire that broke out at the eating joint in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills complex in December 2017, killing 14 people.

india Updated: May 29, 2018 22:14 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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14 people were killed in a devastating fire in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills complex in December 2017.(HT/Anshuman Poyrekar)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant bail to Yug Tuli, co-owner of Mumbai’s Mojo Bistro restaurant who is facing criminal proceedings for the fire that broke out at the eating joint in the Kamala Mills complex in December 2017, killing 14 people.

The 28-year-old businessman was, however, given liberty to file fresh a bail petition in the trial court after three months.

A bench of justices L Nageswara Rao and MM Shantanagoudar heard Tuli’s petition challenging the order of the Bombay high court denying him bail and refused to interfere with it.

Tuli’s advocate, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, contested the charges of criminal negligence against his client. He claimed the tragedy occurred due to the mistake of the staff of another restaurant named 1 Above, located in the same building as Mojo Bistro. 1 Above was gutted in the blaze on the intervening night of December 28-29 last year.

Rohatgi cited the enquiry reports of the police as well as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to defend his client.

“None of the customers or guests at the restaurant had died in the incident,” Rohatgi said, adding that the manager of the restaurant and the hookah supplier have got bail in the case.

Maharashtra government’s lawyer Nishant Katneshwar opposed Tuli’s bail plea saying he may try to influence witnesses. Tuli and the other accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including those related to culpable homicide not amounting to murder and causing death by negligence.

Tuli was arrested in mid-January. He had approached the high court after his bail plea was rejected by the sessions court on April 11. Tuli had claimed that he had no role in the day-to-day operations of the hookah parlour. He moved Supreme Court after the high court refused him bail.

First Published: May 29, 2018 22:14 IST