MUMBAI: Yug Pathak, one of the owners of the Mojo’s Bristo, was remanded to five days of police custody by the Bhoiwada court here on Sunday.
Yug, son of former DGP K K Pathak, was arrested by the N M Joshi Marg police on Saturday. The arrest came in a day after the preliminary report submitted by the Mumbai Fire Brigade to the BMC blamed the Hookah Parlour at Mojo’s Bristo for the fire at Kamala Mills Compound that had also gutted the adjoining restaurant 1Above and killed 14 on the night of December 29.
“We have recorded his statement twice. However, we sought his custody for further investigation into the fire. We are investigating whether all safety precautions were followed at the pub and all the norms adhered to,” said a senior officer from the N M Joshi Marg police station.
“Yug is the owner of Mojo's Bistro and so is the prime accused and his custody is required. We need to interrogate him to find information about the absconding accused. It’s a serious case in which 14 people have died and so we need maximum police custody,” the prosecution told the court.
The defense lawyer, however, stressed in his deposition that Yug was not present at the pub on the day of accident and managers of Mojo’s Bistro escorted customers to a safe place.
“No causalities or injuries were reported from Mojo’s Bistro. We have co-operated in the investigation. He was available for investigations whenever needed. We have submitted all the necessary documents for the investigation asked by the police,” Yug's lawyer told the court.
“Yug was never a suspect in the case. He is being made an accused based on a preliminary Mumbai Fire Brigade report. Yug doesn’t know anything about the absconding accused,” he added.
The court, however, remanded Yug to police custody.