The four directors of Amos Enterprise, in the news recently for all the wrong reasons have proposed to compensate the victims of the hooch tragedy in Gujarat which claimed 46 lives and left 82 people ill. The directors are accused of being responsible for supplying methyl alcohol to bootleggers to manufacture spurious liquor.
While they offered to give Rs 3 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those who took ill after consuming the liquor, the Gujarat High Court, however, observed that such an offer cannot be a deciding factor to consider the bail pleas.
The state government had maintained in the court that custodial interrogation of Amos directors Samir Patel, Rajit Choksi, Chandu Patel and Pankaj Patel, and supervisor Rajendra Dasadia, was required. Investigation officials had found additional 1,300-litre chemicals in the company against the legitimate stock of 8,000 litres.
The investigation has revealed that methyl alcohol was supplied by the company from its warehouse in Piplaj. The Directors pleaded that they should not be subjected to interrogation on the question of why a certain amount is found in the account of one of their employees. They said that they are not directly involved in small matters of the company such as the dispatch of material.
The Court has reserved the judgement after hearing both sides. The Court also directed the police not to take any coercive steps against them.