Bhubaneshwar hospital fire: Trust's chairman surrenders as SIT orders probe into finances

Bhubaneshwar: The chairman of the trust that ran the hospital where a devastating fire on Monday killed 21 people on Thursday turned himself in to police and was arrested even as the SIT on black money ordered a probe by the Enforcement Directorate into the trust's financial transactions.

 Bhubaneshwar hospital fire: Trusts chairman surrenders as SIT orders probe into finances

Fire at the hospital. CNN-News18

Manoj Ranjan Nayak, the chairman of Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust that runs the SUM Hospital, surrendered before the police and 3.30 am and was taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation, barely hours after the Odisha police issued a Lookout Circular against him and another trustee Saswati Das.

Nayak's arrest takes to five the number of those held in connection with the fire tragedy, which also left scores injured. "Manoj Nayak surrenders at Khandagiri Police Station. He is arrested and under interrogation," Commissioner of Police, YB Khurania told reporters.

Even as he was being interrogated, information came that the The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money has asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe financial transactions of the trust he headed. Though the reason behind the SIT order was not immediately known, a senior police official said the ED has been directed to examine all financial transactions of the trust that runs several institutions including the SUM Hospital.

Sources said Vice Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT on black money Justice Arijit Pasayat has also asked Odisha police to cooperate with the ED during their investigation.

"We have received a letter from the SIT on black money last night asking us to cooperate with the ED which is to probe the money transactions of Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust," said Director General of Police KB Singh. The SIT has asked the police to ensure that at no document or evidence pertaining to financial transactions of the trust including the hospital are tampered with or destroyed, the DGP said.

He said efforts were on to apprehend Saswati Das. Earlier, four senior officials of Sum Hospital including its Medical Superintendent Pushparaj Samantasinghar had been arrested on Tuesday night on the basis of an FIR lodged by the state government's fire service department.

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Updated Date: Oct 20, 2016 20:58:46 IST

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