The High Court on Wednesday accepted unconditional apology sought by the Pabna Mental Hospital director for not forming a committee to return 15 inmates of the hospital to their families.
The court also warned Dr Tanmay Prakash Biswas to remain cautious in future.
Dr Biswas informed the court that a committee has been formed in the meantime.
In this regard, the court asked him to inform the court within the next one month about the committee's progress.
On July 2, the High Court ordered that a four-member committee be formed, including the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police, with the hospital's director Dr Biswas at the helm.
The committee will find families of the 15 inmates of the hospital and hand them over to their respective families.
If any inmate's family or guardian is not found, they should be handed over to a government or private or non-government organisation, said the court order.
But Dr Biswas did not act as per the order. Following that, the court issued a contempt of court order against him on November 18 and ordered him to appear before the court, said Deputy Attorney General Barrister ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar.
The Pabna Mental Hospital is the lone specialised hospital for mental diseases. According to a press report, the 15 inmates have been there for 15 years, 20 years, even 25-30 years since recovering.
A lawyer presented the report to the High Court praying the court's directive in this regard, said the deputy attorney general.