In the last three years, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has inspected only 6,142 buildings in Mumbai, issuing notices for violations to 3,026. Of these, only 36 cases have been taken up for prosecution under the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006.
Justice A S Gadkari took note of the argument of Patil's lawyer's that though he had granted the fire-safety certificate to "1Above", one of the two restaurants, he could not have known that the owners would later carry out structural changes on the premises, in violation of fire safety norms.
Police said owners of Kamala Mills Compound were arrested after a BMC report said they were negligent about structural changes that led to the patrons in the bars being unable to escape when a fire broke out at 1Above and Mojo’s Bistro on December 29 last year.
On December 29 last year, a fire broke out at restro-bar Mojo’s Bristo and spread to the adjoining 1 Above. The inquiry concluded that flying embers from a coal stove used to illegally serve hookahs at Mojo’s Bistro led to the blaze.