Calcutta High Court grants bail to AMRI Hospital director, rejects plea of 4

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Calcutta High Court today granted bail to AMRI Hospital director Radhe Shyam Agarwal but rejected the plea of four other directors citing their involvement in the hospital fire that killed 92 people...

Calcutta High Court today granted bail to AMRI Hospital director Radhe Shyam Agarwal but rejected the plea of four other directors citing their involvement in the hospital fire that killed 92 people in December last year.

The two-judge bench, comprising Justices Asim Kumar Roy and Tarun Kumar Gupta, granted bail to Mr Agarwal as he did not attend any of the three board meetings of AMRI Hospital held in 2011.

The judges, examining the medical report of Mr Agarwal sent by the state-run SSKM Hospital, observed that he did not need hospitalisation but only a few medicines for his illness.

The court, however, felt that the four other directors - R Genka, Prashant Genka, Manish Genka and Ravi Todi-who had also sought bail, were aware of the day-to-day activities of the hospital and hence could not shirk their responsibility from the hospital fire.

The bench observed that the four directors' bail plea should not be entertained for the time being.

On December 9 last year, 92 people, mostly patients, met a gory end when a devastating fire broke out in the hospital's basement.