KOLKATA: AMRI director R S Agarwal was granted bail by the Calcutta High Court on Friday, while the court denied relief to four other directors of the multi-specialty hospital.
The West Bengal Government is all set to approach the Supreme Court to oppose the bail. The AMRI fire had killed 94 people, mostly patients, on December 9, when a fire that originated in the basement turned the super-specialty hospital into a gas-chamber, suffocating patients to death.
Thirteen people, including nine directors and four medical staff, have been arrested till now. Co-founder of the Emami group Agarwal, who was arrested on the day of the fire, has been undergoing treatment at the state-run SSKM.
The medical board that had been set up to ascertain Agarwal’s condition had deduced that even though he has been suffering from unstable angina, his condition was stable and he didn’t need to be kept in the ICU or require an oxygen mask or wheelchair.
With proper administering of medicines, Agarwal, too, could have joined his board colleagues in the police custody. However, the High Court had allowed Agarwal to remain in the hospital.