New Delhi : A local court on Wednesday sought response from the Delhi government and the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) on an appeal challenging the seven-year imprisonment to Sushil and Gopal Ansal for tampering with evidence in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire case, which had claimed 59 lives.
Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil, after hearing the appeal on behalf of Ansal brothers, issued notice to the Delhi Government and AVUT. The court, after hearing the submission of the counsel of Ansal brothers that his clients were suffering from certain ailments, sought report from the Medical Superintendent of Tihar jail.
On June 13, 1997, a fire had broken out at the Uphaar cinema during the screening of Hindi blockbuster movie ‘Border,’ leading to death of 59 people, mostly due to asphixiation.
The Supreme Court had convicted and sentenced the Ansal brothers to two years imprisonment in this case, but later released them on fine of Rs 30 crore each, to be used for building a trauma centre in the national capital.
The Ansal brothers were booked, along with court staff Dinesh Chand Sharma, PP Batra, Har Swaroop Panwar, Anoop Singh and Dharamvir Malhotra, for tampering with evidence.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma had convicted the Ansal brothers, their two employees and others in the case on October 8. The quantum of sentence was announced on November 8 (seven years imprisonment to Gopal Ansal and Sushil Ansal). The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 crore each on the Ansal brothers.