Stephen Court directors granted interim bail
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 20:02
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted interim bail to two directors of Stephen Court, accused in the devastating fire that ravaged the 150-year-old building claiming 43 lives in March this year.

A vacation bench comprising Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M K Chowdhury granted the bail prayer of Sushil Kumar Surekha and Pradip More till the court reopens on November eight.

The bench directed Surekha and More to meet the investigating officer in the case everyday and to deposit their passport as condition.

Surekha and More had surrendered before local courts on September 17 and October one respectively, while accused Sanjay Bagaria, another director of Stephen Court Ltd, was arrested.

Bagaria, after five months on the run, was arrested from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on August 24.

All the three directors of the company have been charged with culpable homicide in connection with the death of 43 people when a devastating blaze swept through the top three floors of the multi-storeyed building housing residences, offices and restaurants on upscale Park Street on March 23.

It was alleged that a callous response from the accused, including the three directors of the company, led to the people being trapped inside the building on fire that started during office hours.

It was also claimed that fire safety rules had been violated at the building by the company, which is responsible for its upkeep, despite being a rich firm with cash reserves of Rs 1.54 crore.

The police had filed a chargesheet against six persons including the three directors.

The other three -- Tarun Bagaria (caretaker), Ram Shankar Singh (pump operator) and Joy Prakash Singh (lift man) -- were arrested on March 23.


First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 20:02

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