The Allahabad High Court has rejected the bail plea for the proprietor of Pushpa Sales, which supplied oxygen to the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur.
On Tuesday, Justice Yashwant Varma rejected the bail petition of Manish Bhandari, saying, “The court is inclined to accept the submission that custodial interrogation of the accused may still be warranted and it would not be appropriate to grant him bail at this stage.”
The counsel representing the UP government opposed the petition, saying the investigation in the case was pending and Bhandari may be required for it.
More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at the hospital within a week in August last year. The allegations suggested that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills to the vendor.