Kolkata: The bagri market CEO Krishnakumar Kothari, accused in the market fire had requested for an anticipatory bail in the Calcutta High Court. The police and fire services department had filed cases against him for not following fire service laws in Bagri and conspiracy. Apart from this, complaints were lodged at the Burra bazar police station against Bagri market’s owners Radha Bagree and Barunraj Bagree.
Fire engulfed Bagri market in Burra bazar in the wee hours of September 16. After five days, the fire was brought under control. Though the fire was brought under control, but the market was completely gutted in the fire and the businessmen lost everything just days before the Puja. The market had no security or protection system as was alleged. Fire extinguishers were also not there. Accusations that the market owners allowed business at several places in the Bagri market in exchange of money illegally.
The Bagree market owners and the CEO were absconding since complaints were filed against them. Prior to this, the lawyers of all these three had submitted pleas for anticipatory bail in the Bankshall court. But they were all rejected. After this, again the CEO filed plea for anticipatory bail in the Calcutta High Court on Friday.
CEO Krishnakumar’s lawyer said in the beginning that Bagri market fire was an unfortunate incident and had no conspiracy behind it. Hence the plea for anticipatory bail. The public prosecutor, on the other hand, requested for more time as the case diary was not present in the court.
The next day of hearing has been fixed on October 30.