SC refuses interim bail to restaurateur in Kamla Mills fire case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 May 2018 09:15:27



THE Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an interim bail plea of Yug Tuli, the co-owner of the Mojo’s Bistro restaurant and an accused in the December 2017 fire incident at Kamala Mills compound in Mumbai in which 14 people were killed. Tuli had filed the writ petition in the apex court seeking interim bail till the bail application before the Bombay High Court was decided.

The Maharashtra Government opposed Tuli’s plea saying that the Bombay High Court had last week rejected his bail plea and therefore the present writ petition filed by him seeking interim relief has become infructous.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Tuesday said that since Bombay High Court had rejected his plea on April 27, he can challenge that order through an appeal. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Tuli, said that he was the co-owner of the restaurant situated in the compound, where the fire incident had taken place, and the other accused have been granted bail by the courts.

“He should be given at least interim bail till the appeal against the High Court order is adjudicated by the apex court,” Rohatgi said. Maharashtra’s standing counsel Nishant Katneshwar opposed the plea and said the accused has even filed an appeal against the High Court order.