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AMRI Hospital Fire Victims: How Much Share Bengal Govt. Holds In AMRI?

The horrific fire that took lives of more than 90 innocent patients at AMRI hospital in Kolkata last December has caused yet another major controversy about the percentage of share that the State Government has in AMRI hospital.  During the recent legal proceeding before Calcutta High Court (for bail hearing of AMRI directors), the West Bengal Govt. has claimed that they only hold 1% share in AMRI hospital.  However, during the final hearing of Anuradha Saha wrongful death case before the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) last year (which awarded a compensation of Rs. 1.7 crore against AMRI hospital and three other Kolkata doctors), AMRI vice-president submitted an affidavit claiming that West Bengal Govt. has 26% share in AMRI hospital.  It is important to know this truth because it may have critical implications for future compensation for the families whose loved ones perished in the devastating fire at AMRI hospital.  Anuradha’s husband and PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha has filed a petition yesterday with Mamta Banerjee, Bengal chief minister and health minister, seeking a clarification of this vital point (see below).  Also attached below is an article published today in Rediff about the shocking grant of bail last week for Mr. R.S. Agarwal, one of AMRI Directors, by Calcutta High Court.

CM Letter (Feb. 20, 2012)

AMRI Fire (Rediff News) Feb. 21, 2012

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