Mumbai hospital fire: Won’t arrest mall administrator, say cops

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The Mumbai police on Tuesday assured the Bombay High Court that they’d not arrest Rahul Sahasrabuddhe, the NCLT-appointed administrator working the Dreams Mall the place a hospital caught hearth final month, claiming 11 lives. Sahasrabuddhe approached the HC final week, in search of a course to the police to not take any coercive motion towards him.

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai on Tuesday informed a division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale that Sahasrabuddhe shouldn’t be but named as an accused within the FIR lodged by the police on March 26.

On March 25, a hearth broke out within the Sunrise Hospital located on the fourth ground of the Dreams Mall in suburban Bhandup. The hospital had began functioning in October 2020.

Eleven sufferers admitted within the hospital had been killed within the blaze.

On March 26, a FIR was lodged by the police towards homeowners of the Dreams Mall and administrators of the Privilege Healthcare Services Private Limited, which owns the Sunrise Hospital.

In 2018, the

(HDIL), that had owned the Dreams Mall, misplaced the property to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which then appointed Sahasrabuddhe as an administrator to oversee the functioning and operation of the mall.

Sahasrabuddhe’s advocate J S Kini informed the HC on Tuesday that he had obtained a letter from the police, asking him to seem earlier than them.

“The police told the petitioner (Sahasrabuddhe) that the Sunrise Hospital has written a letter to the police asking them to initiate action against him for negligence and failing to do his duty,” Kini stated.

He argued that Sahasrabuddhe was appointed by the NCLT because the mall’s administrator.

“In fact, the petitioner has written several letters to the NCLT, police and fire brigade informing them that the mall and the hospital were not conforming to the protocols and safety procedures laid down by the fire brigade,” Kini argued.

The court docket stated it will hear the plea on April 8.

Pai then assured the court docket that till then, the petitioner wouldn’t be arrested by the police.

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