SC nods to probe Swarnapalace issue
Apex court suspends stay imposed by AP high court
The supreme court of India has abolished the stay issued by the high court of Andhrapradesh in the case of Swarna palace hotel accident in which around ten people are burnt alive. The apex court permitted the AP government to continue its investigation. Swarna palace hotel, which was hired by Dr.Ramesh and was used as Covid hospital and it was caught on fire on 9 Aughst and claimed 10 lives.
The SC issued the orders on a special leave petition filed by the state government challenging the interim orders of the state high court issued to stall further investigation into the fire mishap into the hotel which was engaged by Ramesh Hospitals as Covid Care Centre. The Supreme Court set aside the high court orders staying the further investigation into the case. The court said the state government can go ahead with the investigation without any issues and bring the culprits to book. However, the apex court ruled that the police should not arrest Dr Pothineni Ramesh Chowdary, the CEO of the hospital. “The investigation can go on without taking Ramesh into custody. At the same time, Ramesh also should cooperate with the police in the investigation process,” the court said. In the month of August, the HC of AP stayed the arrest of Dr Ramesh and SeetharamaMohana Rao, chairman of the hospital.
Both Ramesh and Rammohan Rao had been absconding since the fire mishap. The high court asked the government advocate whether the authorities had made district collector, Vijayawada sub-collector and district medical and health officer responsible for the tragedy as they had granted the permissions for running of the Covid Care Centre in the hotel. Later the high court also sanctioned bail to the three executives Dr KodaliRajagopal Rao, chief operating officer of Ramesh Hospital, Dr KurapatiSudershan, general manager and PallabothuVenkatesh, coordinating manager of the hospital at Swarna Palace Hotel which was engaged by Ramesh Hospital as the Covid Care Centre.