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Kamla Mills fire: Court reserves order on absconding pub

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A sessions today reserved its order till tomorrow on the application filed by Yug Tulli, an absconding co-owner of the Mojo's pub in the Kamala Mills compound.

Tulli's told the that the fire started from another adjoining '1 Above' pub and spread to Mojo's hence Tulli cannot be blamed.

Divani also said that Tulli was innocent and that there was an attempt made to incriminate him and make Mojo's a scapegoat in the incident.

He added that there was a campaign against Mojo's to prejudice the people against it.

However, the prosecution said that the report prepared by the fire brigade, and as per eyewitness accounts, the fire started at Mojo's and hence Tuli should not be granted pre- arrest

In its preliminary probe report, the Fire Brigade had said that the blaze had possibly started at Mojo's due to the flying embers of a hookah.

The fire had spread to adjacent '1 Above', a swish terrace resto-pub located in a building in the Kamala Mills compound in central

The husband of deceased Parul Lakdawala, who filed an intervention application, opposed the stating that Tulli was responsible for the death of his wife and others and should not be granted

Meanwhile, the government has appointed Prakash Shetty as the in the case.

He is also the in some NIA cases, including the 2006 Malegaon blasts case.

The police had earlier arrested Yug Pathak, another co- owner of Mojo's Bistro, in connection with the incident.

Pathak, the son of a retired IPS officer, and Tulli, a Nagpur-based businessman, were booked under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life and personal safety of others) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

The names of Pathak and Tulli were added to the FIR, lodged on December 29 against the owners of '1 Above' pub -- Kripesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar.

The three have already been arrested and remanded to police custody.

On December 29, fire had swept through the '1 Above' and adjacent Mojo's Bistro resto pub in the Kamala Mills compound, resulting in the death of 14 people.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 23:25 IST