Nagpur/Mumbai: The Sessions Court in Mumbai on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by Yug Tuli, one of the co-owners of Mojo’s Bistro, in connection with the Kamala Mills fire incident, in which 14 people were killed.
The prosecution objected to Tuli’s plea, which was filed on Monday. The prosecution said the witnesses, who were diners at Mojo’s Bistro, said the fire originated at the restaurant. They said that according to the police, various videos, which could be considered key evidence, corroborate the statements of these witnesses. The prosecution said investigations revealed that hookahs used at Mojo’s Bistro were responsible for the blaze.
Advocate Prakash Shetty, who is appointed as Special Public Prosecutor, said the fire originated owing to the exhaust fan and flammable articles at Mojo’s Bistro. The fire later spread owing to the cotton curtains, wooden bamboo sticks and tarpaulin. The fire then moved to 1Above and gutted both restaurants, Shetty said.
Countering the prosecution’s case, Tuli’s lawyer Shyam Dewani said the fact that none of the diners at Mojo’s Bistro were killed or hurt indicates that the fire did not originate there. “Our safety measures were in place. No one was hurt as we managed to get our staff to help them,” Dewani said.