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SUM fire: Trustees Arati Nayak, Saswati Das get conditional bail

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Bhubaneswar: The High Court on Thursday granted conditional bail to Manoj Nayak’s wife Saswati Das and sister Arati Nayak both accused in the controversial SUM fire tragedy last month.

Hearing their  pleas Justice Debabrata Das granted bail to both of them. Both Saswati and Arati trustees of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Charitable Trust who run the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) and SUM Hospital have been managing to stay away from police dragnet for quite some time after allegations against their name following the fire mishap on October 17th made police issue them warnings to surrender for interrogation. They failed to appear before the police for three times every time seeking time extension citing health reasons in spite of lookout circulars against their names.

Earlier the hospital owner Manoj Nayak who was arrested some days after the fire tragedy had been released on bail following protests from different sections of educational institutions, private hospital associations.

Notably, as many as 30 persons had died following a severe fire which broke out in the emergency dialysis ward of the hospital resulting in the death of 19 persons on the same day and subsequently 11 others. The case raised a state wide public outrage against lax fire safety management and health ministry leading to sacking of health minister.

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