Jessop factory fire case: Industrialist Pawan Ruia arrested in Delhi

By: | Updated: December 10, 2016 4:16 PM

Industrialist Pawan Ruia was today arrested West Bengal CID in connection with the Jessop factory fire case in Delhi.

Pawan Ruia, Jassop Factory fire, West Bengal, Dum Dum, CIDIndustrialist Pawan Ruia was today arrested West Bengal CID in connection with the Jessop factory fire case in Delhi. (Source: Express Photo)

Industrialist Pawan Ruia was arrested in New Delhi by the West Bengal CID today. The arrest was in connection with a fire at his own factory in Kolkata’s Dum Dum area, a couple of months back. Last month, Ruia had skipped four summons from the CID in connection with the recurring fires at his company’s factory. Following his regular absence, the court had issued a warrant against him.

In October, 2016, Ruia, who was described as the ‘proprietor’ of Jessop & Co Ltd along with some managerial staff responsible for functioning of the factory, were booked under sections 427 (mischief, causing damage), 435 (mischief by fire/arson), 436 (mischief by fire/arson), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and 11J, 11L (contravention of provisions for safety measures) and 26 (penalty for not taking out license) of the West Bengal Fire Services Act-1950. Ruia, then, was likely to be summoned by the state CID next week, reported The Indian Express.

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An FIR was then filed after the initial probe against Ruia which said that there is a suggestion of criminal and calculated omission with some ulterior motive on the part of Sri Pawan Ruia, the proprietor of Jessop and Co Ltd and the managers responsible for the functioning of the factory.

The Ruia Group, however, objected the fact that description of Pawan Ruia as the proprietor of the factory wasn’t true. “This is not true. Pawan Ruia is not a proprietor, a shareholder or an occupier of Jessop & Co Ltd,” Dhrubyojyoti Nandi, VP (Corporate Communications) of the group, was quoted as saying by the paper.

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