The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to cancel the bail of three AMRI directors — R.S. Agarwal, R.S. Goenka and Ravi Todi — in the case related to the December 2011 fire at the Dhakuria hospital that claimed 91 lives.
The division bench of Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice J.S. Khehar found no merit in the plea for the cancellation of bail by additional solicitor-general L. Nageswara Rao and senior counsel Kalyan Banerjee.
“We find no reason to interfere with the order (bail) passed by the High Court of Calcutta,” the bench observed.
Rao submitted that R.S. Agarwal was so “powerful” that he could not be made to spend a day in police custody. Had he been in police custody, the cops could have got clues on the alleged culpability of some of the accused, Rao submitted.
The judges, however, were not impressed with the submission.
Agarwal was granted bail on February 16 last year. Goenka and Todi got bail on March 21 and April 2 the same year.
Ninety one people, mostly patients, died after Annexe I of AMRI Hospitals in Dhakuria caught fire early on December 9, 2011. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had then demanded stringent punishment for the accused.