Kamala Mills Fire: Sessions Court Rejects Anticipatory Bail Plea of Mojo’s Bistro’s Co-owner Yug Tuli
Mumbai, Jan 12: A Mumbai sessions court on Friday rejected anticipatory bail plea of Yug Tuli, co-owner of the Mojo’s Bistro pub in the Kamala Mills compound. Tuli, who was absconding was traced in Hyderabad yesterday, but managed to give the slip to the police thrice.
Yesterday, Tuli’s advocate Shyam Divani told the court that the fire started from another adjoining ‘1Above’ pub and spread to Mojo’s Bistro hence Tuli cannot be held responsible for the incident. Divani also claimed that Tuli was innocent and that there was an attempt made to incriminate him and make Mojo’s a scapegoat in the incident.
” There was a social media campaign against Mojo’s to prejudice the people against it,” Tuli’s counsel added.
Contrary to Divani’s claim, 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 bail.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade in its preliminary probe report had said that the blaze had possibly started at Mojo’s Bistro due to the flying embers of a hookah. The fire had spread to adjacent ‘1Above’, a swish terrace resto-pub located in a building in the Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai.
Last year on December 29, fire had swept through the ‘1Above’ and adjacent Mojo’s Bistro restaurant pub in the Kamala Mills compound, resulting in the death of 14 people.
(With inputs from agencies)