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Karol Bagh fire: Licence holder of hotel arrested

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Police has arrested Shardendu Goel, the licence holder of where a massive fire killed 17 people last week, officials said on Tuesday.

was produced in the Tis Hazari court, which sent him to a four-day police custody, a senior police said.

His brother Rakesh Goel, the owner of Hotel Arpit Palace, was arrested from the airport on Saturday after he landed from

Shardendu had applied for anticipatory bail, which was rejected by the Tis Hazari court, the said, adding that he later surrendered to the police.

The police said they would be jointly interrogating the brothers to know about the lapses that had led to the incident.

Shardendu was in at the time of the incident. After he learnt about the incident, he fled home and kept visiting his relatives' places at between and Delhi.

Rakesh has admitted that norms were violated by the hotel and that an illegal construction was carried on an entire land when the permission was for only 60 per cent of the land.

The hotel operated without a licence from 1993 to 2002. The brothers obtained a licence to run the hotel only in 2002.

The hotel, which was ravaged in the fire, was mortgaged with a from which the brothers had taken a loan for running a liquor factory in Maharashtra's Kolhapur two years ago. The factory was shut down since the brothers incurred losses, the said.

This is the fourth arrest in the case. Earlier, the hotel's were arrested in connection with the incident.

A look-out circular (LOC) was issued against Rakesh and Shardendu. Rakesh was abroad at the time of the incident.

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First Published: Tue, February 19 2019. 20:50 IST