Kolkata:  Industry body FICCI on Tuesday sought West Bengal government's intervention in securing the release of AMRI directors jailed after the deadly fire at their hospital but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee turned down the request saying law will take its own course.

The Chamber put forth its case both on grounds of fair play and preempting the rise of negative sentiment among investors.

"Those not responsible for day-to-day operations of any business should be released immediately," the apex chamber said in a statement here, nearly a month after the December 9 fire at AMRI Dhakuria private super-speciality hospital here.

"This is only fair and will also prevent the spread of any negative sentiments within the domestic investor community," FICCI said in its first response after the inferno claimed the lives of 93 people most of whom were patients. The fire fuelled concerns over the alleged neglect of fire-safety norms by the hospital authorities.

But the Trinamool supremo firmly rejected the plea.

"I beg your pardon, but the law will take its own course. I cannot interfere," Banerjee said at a press conference when asked about FICCI's request.

While rejecting the impression that she was against industry, Banerjee, said, "To do anything in the name of industry will not be tolerated. If anyone is a murderer, he is a murderer. If anyone is a terrorist he remains a terrorist."

Seven directors of the hospital, also promoters of Emami and Sharchi Groups, were arrested and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
      
The six directors, who are currently lodged in Alipore Jail, are R S Goenka, Prashant Goenka, Manish Goenka, S K Todi, Ravi Todi and Dayanand Agarwal.
     
The seventh arrested director R S Agarwal is in the SSKM hospital here and also in judicial custody. FICCI said it believed that those found to be guilty after an inquiry should be punished "without any discrimination or favour" as such a step will act a "necessary deterrent against any future negligence or malafide action."

It also said a distinction should be made in dealing with "errors of omissions and intentional acts of commission during investigation."

(Agencies)