Mojo's second co-owner, Yug Tuli, remanded to police custody

Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 13:50 IST | Suraj Ojha

Yug Tuli, the second co-owner of Mojo's Bistro, which is at the centre of the Kamala Mills fire, was sent in police custody on Tuesday afternoon

Yug Tuli (centre, in striped tee) had surrendered on Tuesday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Yug Tuli (centre, in striped tee) had surrendered on Tuesday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Yug Tuli, the second co-owner of Mojo's Bistro, which is at the centre of the Kamala Mills fire, was sent in police custody on Tuesday afternoon. Tuli had surrendered to the NM Joshi police around 6 am yesterday after a court rejected his anticipatory bail application (ABA). Prior to the order, speaking about Tuli the police said in court, "According to the fire department's report, the fire began from Mojo's and Tuli is the one who holds the operational powers of the restaurant."

Cops also alleged Tuli was the one who had managed to get all the required licenses for Mojo's and built the illegal construction. He had even given the hookah department the responsibility to have another party on a sub-contract basis. He'd signed on that contract too. While defence advocate Shyam Dewani agreed Tuli had signed the hookah department contract, he denied Tuli was absconding prior to his arrest, "When Tuli was summoned for the first time in the MRTP case, he came to the police station and submitted all related documents and licenses. Nothing has been hidden and he was not absconding; he was waiting for an ABA order. When it was rejected, he surrendered."

However, cops insisted, "While he was absconding, we looked for him at various places, but he did not cooperate with us at any point." Following these arguments, the court sent him in police custody till January 20. Tuli was allegedly absconding since the fire department submitted their report to the Mumbai police. Cops also followed him from Mumbai to Hyderabad, but he had managed to escape there too.

Kamala Mills blaze was admin failure: HC
The Kamala Mills blaze that claimed 14 lives has shaken the conscience of society and is an eye-opener, the Bombay High Court said on Monday, and held that the tragedy was a result of the administration's failure to ensure strict adherence to fire safety norms. The court asked the city's civic body to bring its house in order. The HC made the observations while hearing a PIL filed by former Mumbai police commissioner Julio Ribeiro.

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