Mumbai, Jan 4: Days after Kamala Mills fire incident, a relative of the owner’s of 1 Above restaurant on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind and demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Aditya Sanghvi, a relative of the owner’s of the 1Above restaurant said the fire that claimed lives of 14 persons broke out in the neighbouring restaurants and the owner’s of 1Above cannot be held responsible for the incident.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had lodged complaints against the owners of restro-bar Mojo’s Bistro and 1Above restaurant for erecting illegal structures that caused fire and resulted in suffocation which subsequently increased the number of victims.

Earlier, the owners of 1Above restaurant had called the investigations ‘biased’. They also took objections to the police preventing the insurers from entering the premises to survey since they (police) “are scared that the officials from the insurance company will discover the fire had erupted at The Mojo’s Bistro, and that evidence is still lying and not collected, or that evidence is destroyed”.

However,  a complainant had alleged the owners of restaurants were insolent and did not comply to the rules of the municipal corporation for operating a restaurant in open premises.

1Above had encroached on the open space where the fire broke out. The owners not only constructed two “illegal rooms on the terrace but also covered them with asbestos sheets. Similarly, a partition wall was also constructed on the terrace without any permissions or approvals. [Also read: Fresh FIRs Against Owners of 1 Above, Mojos by Mumbai Police in Kamala Mills Fire]
BMC had issued notices on August 4, September 22 and October 27. When owners did not adhere to these notices, BMC demolished illegal parts but the owners rebuilt them.