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Lower Parel blaze: Director of Kamala Mills Ltd moves Bombay HC, seeks quashing of culpable homicide case

Mumbai: A director of Kamala Mills Ltd has approached the Bombay High Court seeking to quash the culpable homicide case registered against him in connection with the 29 December fire in the Kamala Mills compound that claimed 14 lives.

14 people died in the Kamala Mills fire. AFP

14 people died in the Kamala Mills fire. AFP

Ravi Bhandari's petition was mentioned yesterday before a division bench of Justices BR Gavai and BP Colabawala and posted for hearing after two weeks.

The bench pointed out that pendency of the petition shall have no effect on the hearing of the bail plea filed by Bhandari before a sessions court.

Bhandari was arrested last month along with fire officer Rajendra Patil and one Utkarsh Pandey, who supplied hookahs to the pubs - Mojo's Bistro and 1 Above - where the fire started. All three are in judicial custody presently.

In his petition before the high court, Bhandari claimed that a serious charge of culpable homicide was not applicable to him. At the most it was a case of negligence, which was bailable, he said.

Fourteen persons were killed and several others injured when a fire broke out at the Mojo's Bistro and 1 Above pub at Kamala Mills in central Mumbai on 29 December.

Published Date: Feb 02, 2018 11:49 AM | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 11:49 AM

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