Bombay HC Rejects Bail Applications of the Owners of Two Restaurants, Gutted in Fire in December, Last Year

Bombay HC Rejects Bail Applications of the Owners of Two Restaurants, Gutted in Fire in December, Last Year

The Bombay High Court Bench of Justice Prakash Naik, dismissed the bail applications of the owners of two restaurants in Central Mumbai's Kamala Mills Compound, which had caught fire in December last year claiming fourteen innocent lives and injuring several others.

Providing no relief to the four accused restaurant owners, the court had on Thursday, rejected the bail applications filed by Yug Pathak, owner of Mojo Bistro, and the owners of 1 Above pub, Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijit Mankar.

The four accused owners were arrested in January and are currently languishing in judicial custody.

Owing to the negligence of the Mojo Bistro and 1 Above restaurant owners, both the eateries were destroyed by fire on December 29, last year, resulting in huge loss to life and property.

Taking action in the matter, police had filed its charge sheet in February, against 12 accused, including owners of the two restaurants where the fire broke out, owner of the Kamala Mills compound and BMC officials and booked them for offences under section 299 of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and Section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life and personal safety of others).

The court had earlier in April dismissed the Bail plea filed by YugTuli, co-owner of Mojo Bistro.

Observing that Ramesh Gowani and Ravi Bhandari, owners of Kamala Mills compound cannot be held liable for acts of the restaurant owners, the High Court had granted them Bail in May.