Dipankar Chatterjee, member, national council of CII, on the sidelines of a programme said, "According to Indian law, unless you are proved guilty you are presumed to be innocent. Therefore in law unless guilt is proved they are innocent. You can keep a man behind bars if you think he/she is going to tamper with evidence or is going to run away. I don't think that such a situation can arise in this case."
The directors and two management staff are currently lodged in Alipore Jail in connection with the last year Dec 9 devastating fire which killed 93 people. The accused have been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and negligence.
Earlier, the industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has urged the West Bengal government by issuing a public statement demanding "those who are not found guilty and are not responsible for day-to-day operations" in the hospital be released immediately.