SUM Hospital Owner Manoj Nayak Gets Bail In Fire Mishap Case

Bhubaneswar: The Additional District Judge Court here on Friday granted conditional bail to Manoj Nayak, the owner of SUM Hospital and a trustee of Siksha O’ Anusandhan Charitable Trust (SOACT).

He was arrested for his alleged involvement in the SUM hospital tragedy which claimed 29 lives so far.

The court also granted bail to Pushparaj Samantsinghar, Medical Superintendent of SUM hospital.

The court had reserved the bail plea hearing on Thursday.

In its verdict, the court has kept condition for both the accused to deposit a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh along with two bailers in the case. Other conditions are both the accused have to deposit their passport before police and will support the investigating officer in the case whenever they were called for interrogation.

Basing on the complaint filed by a Fire Officer, Central Range Brajendu Bhusan Das at Khandagiri Police Station on October 18, Commissionerate Police in course of investigation had arrested Pushparaj Samantsinghar and three others in the SUM tragedy.

The police had slapped charges against the accused persons under section 30, 308, 285 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On October 20, Manoj Nayak surrendered before Khandagiri police following a Look Out Circular (LOC) served to the trustee of SOACT evading arrest.

Notably, a fire mishap at the privately-run hospital that had claimed 20 lives on October 17 evening.

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