Bombay HC Directs Mumbai Police Not to Arrest Administrator of Bhandup’s Dreams Mall

Bombay HC Directs Mumbai Police Not to Arrest Administrator of Bhandup’s Dreams Mall

The administrator of Bhandup’s Dreams Mall, Rahul Sahasrabuddhe, has received a major reprieve with the Bombay High Court asking the Mumbai Police not to take action against him. 

This comes after a massive fire broke out at Sunrise Hospital on March 25, leading to the death of 11 people. Mumbai Police had filed an FIR in the case a day after the incident while also issuing a notice to Sahasrabuddhe. 

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It’s worth pointing out that the administrator was appointed by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to supervise the functioning of the establishment. The mall was previously in control of the Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) group. 

Sunrise Hospital only began operations in October last year and was also listed as one of Mumbai’s dedicated COVID-19 hospitals. The administrator claims to have written multiple letters asking the police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take action against the lapses in the hospital while also mentioning that they weren’t adhering to the standard fire safety norms.

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However, the administrator said that the Mumbai Police has claimed to have received complaints against him for allegedly not maintaining the fire safety norms while also accusing him of negligence. 

The Bombay HC bench of Justices Sambhaji Shinde and Manish Pitale heard the administrator’s plea and directed the prosecution not to arrest him until the next hearing. 

Taking this into consideration, counsel for the prosecution, Aruna Kamath-Pai told the HC bench that Mumbai Police will not take action against Sahasrabuddhe. The next hearing on the matter will take place on the 8th of April.

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