The Bombay High Court has rapped the Maharashtra government over its reply about steps taken to provide necessary assistance to a committee proposed to be set up to probe last year’s fire incident at the city’s Kamala Mills compound that claimed 14 lives.
It also directed the State government to conduct a meeting with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC and the petitioner within a week, and to file a fresh reply by April 2.
A bench of Justices Shantanu Kemkar and M S Karnik said that while the state had earlier expressed keenness to appoint a judicial committee, it was now trying to shift all the burden to the BMC.
The observations came after the state government filed a two-page reply today, stating that it was the BMC’s responsibility to provide office space and other infrastructure for the judicial committee.
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by retired IPS officer Julio Rebeiro, seeking, among other things, a judicial inquiry.
On the night of December 29 last year, a fire broke at restaurant Mojo’s Bistro in the Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel. It later spread to the adjoining restaurant ‘1Above’.