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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 18:

For the third such time, the trustees of Siksha O Anusandhan Charitable Trust which governs the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital have sought more time to appear before the police in Odisha capital in connection with the probe into the fire tragedy that killed 31 people as of now.

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According to sources, the trustees – Saswati Das and Arati Ranjana Nayak – have again sought an extension of seven days to appear before the Khandagiri police citing health reasons.

Notably, the duo had sought a 15-day extension which ended today.

While Saswati is hospital promoter Manoj Nayak’s wife, Arati is the latter’s sister. Earlier, Manoj Nayak – one of the trustees – was arrested and subsequently released from Jharpada Special Jail here on bail.

On October 27, local police had summoned the duo to appear before it in a week’s time. However, they failed to make themselves available for questioning. Following this, lookout circulars were issued against them.

The two trustees moved the Orissa High Court on October 26 seeking anticipatory bail.