Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday declined the anticipatory bail appeal of Bagri market CEO Krishnakumar Kothari in the Bagri market fire case. On Tuesday, the division bench of the Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Debangshu Basak has rejected the anticipatory bail appeal.
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 Bagri 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 October 24. Earlier, CEO Krishnakumar’s lawyer said that Bagri market fire was an unfortunate incident and had no conspiracy behind it. Hence appealed 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 was fixed on October 30.
Therefore, in today’s hearing the Chief Justice informed that both police and the fire brigade said that there was no proper fire safety system in Bagri market. If the fire would have broke out on a working day then there would have been more loss of lives along with casualties. According to secret information of traders it is revealed that the various parts of the building was illegally given for rent for business purpose. So the CEO of the market need to be interrogated. As a result, Justice Debangshu Basak dismissed the bail application in advance.