Sum owner moves court seeking bail; hearing on Tuesday

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Bhubaneswar: Arrested Sum Hospital owner Manoj Nayak has filed a petition in the Khurdha District and Sessions court seeking bail. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, said his advocate.

The advocate also drew the attention of the court about the deteriorating health condition of Nayak. The court ordered the jail authorities to conduct the check up by the doctors.

Nayak was sent back to Jharpada jail again after being produced in court as his two-day remand period ended today. On the other hand, the Commissionerate police has not applied for fresh remand.

The police has given emphasis on the organisational structure. “We are trying to understand the organisational structure. We will trace the how the fire safety related files were moved and by whom. The involvements of those will come to fore, they will be questioned”, police commissioner YB Khurania said.

The police have grilled the hospital owner during two-day remand period on various aspects including functioning of the hospital even after the expiry of registration as per the clinical establishment act.

Similarly, the probe team also questioned him about the renewal of the licence sans fire safety certificate. He was also interrogated about the circumstances that led to the tragedy which claimed 26 lives.

Nayak – who rose from a humble computer science teacher to a successful entrepreneur, surrendered before Khandagiri police on Thursday. He was arrested amid growing outrage that he ran the hospital flouting fire safety norms.

He was booked under sections 304, 308, 285 and 34 of Indian Penal Code most of which are non-bailable.

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