The Mumbai police has issued a lookout notice against the three co-owners of the pub 1 Above at Lower Parel’s Kamala Mills compound, which was among the two pubs gutted in an early Friday fire that killed 14 persons. The trio — Ritesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar — have been absconding since the tragedy. All exit-entry points across the country have been alerted to detain the trio upon being sighted.
BMC lodged three separate FIRs against the owners of 1 Above, Mojo’s Bistro and P22 under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP) for illegal extensions on their premises.
These illegalities surfaced when BMC officials swung into action on Saturday, post the Kamala Mill fire the previous day, in which 14 people lost their lives. Importantly, the co-owners of Mojo’s Bistro, Yug Pathak, son of former IPS officer and Pune Police Commissioner KK Pathak, and owner of Kamala Mills, Ramesh Govani, have been named by BMC officials in the FIR. At the three pubs inspected, BMC found several violations, such as illegal constructions and inflammable objects, and handed over their report to the police.
“The NM Joshi Marg police have filed cases under the MRTP Act against 1 Above, Mojo’s and P22 for illegal extensions,” said S Jaykumar, additional commissioner of police, central region. Govani has been booked as both the pubs (1 Above and Mojo’s) are situated in the Kamala Mills compound, which houses several top corporate offices, media houses and more than 25 pubs. Explaining the content of the BMC’s complaint, a police officer said in the case of 1 Above, civic officials found illegal constructions of 30 metres x 5 feet. Also, two rooms built from asbestos sheets were found illegally constructed. For this, 1 Above co-owners, Abhijit Mankar and the Sanghvi brothers, Nhatesh and Jigar have been booked.
On Mojo’s premises, the BMC found a 10-metre-high unauthorised shed constructed. The pub’s co-owners, Yug Pathak and Duke Tuli, have been booked. The police had booked the Sanghvi brothers and Abhijeet Mankar under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 34