HC denies AMRI fire trial stay

Calcutta: The high court on Wednesday refused to stay the trial against AMRI hospital directors S.K. Todi and R.S. Agarwal.

They had sought a stay till the court settled their petition to have their names dropped from the AMRI fire chargesheet.

More than 90 people were killed in the fire in the hospital on December 9, 2011.

"The appeal will be heard on January 16," Justice Debiprosad Dey said but refused to accept their plea for a stay on the trial against them in Alipore court.

Moving the appeal on behalf of Todi and Agarwal, advocate Milan Mukherjee said: "Till the appeals aren't disposed of by this court, the ongoing trial in the Alipore court should be stopped."

But public prosecutor Saswata Gopal Mukherjee said: "While hearing petitions in this case several benches of the high court had issued orders asking for a speedy trial (in the Alipore court). So, this court should not issue an order... to stall the trial of the appellants."

After hearing them, the judge announced his decision.

Both Todi and Agarwal had previously moved petitions before the Alipore court claiming the charges drawn up against them by investigators were false and the court should quash them. The Alipore court had turned down their plea.


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