Kolkata fire: Two AMRI directors get bail
Kolkata: After spending 111 days in custody,
two directors of the fire-ravaged AMRI Hospital were on Wednesday
granted bail by the Calcutta High Court which observed that
day-to-day affairs of the hospital were not run by them.
A division bench comprising justices Ashim Kumar Roy
and Asim Kumar Ray granted the bail prayers of R S Goenka and
Prashant Goenka, directors of AMRI where a fire in December
last year claimed over 90 lives.
The bench observed that from the statements of senior
officials as submitted by the prosecution, it became clear
that AMRI Hospital was run by a directorial board and a
managing committee which ran its day-to-day affairs.
While the board met once in three months, the committee
met on Saturdays every week and took decisions on everyday
affairs of the hospital.
As such, the petitioners, who were not members of the
managing committee, did not run the day-to-day affairs of the
hospital, the court observed.
The bench further observed that the present petitioners,
i.e, R S Goenka and Prashant Goenka, as directors had lesser
responsibility than the members of the managing committee.
Apart from these observations, the court said that it
had given consideration to rival submissions, police records
and had also taken into account previous judgements cited by
the lawyers in the case, before deciding on the bail prayers
of the two accused.
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