Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Delhi Police on Tuesday told the High Court that real estate tycoons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal cannot take advantage of their old age in their plea to suspend their seven-year jail term in the tampering of evidence case.
The case pertains to the 1997 Uphaar cinema hall fire tragedy. Delhi Police’s counsel Dayan Krishnan also said that the duo made every effort to delay the hearing before a bench of Justice Subramaniam Prasad during the hearing in the matter.
The bench fixed the matter for further hearing on January 14 and asked that a copy of the record of the trial court be placed before it before the next date of hearing. On December 15, the high court had issued notice on petitions filed by Sushil Ansal (83) and Gopal Ansal (73), challenging a lower court that had suspended the seven-year jail sentence in the Uphaar case. His interim petition was rejected.
On December 3, Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil said that the trial court cannot be the only criterion to grant relief to Ansal, when he was involved in the delayed trial of the case. On November 8, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court, Dr. Pankaj Sharma, sentenced Ansal to seven years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 crore on both of them for tampering with evidence.
The court ordered former court employees P.P. Batra, Anoop Singh and Dinesh Chandra Sharma were fined Rs 3 lakh each. On June 13, 1997, halfway through the screening of the Hindi film Border at Uphaar Cinema in South Delhi’s Green Park, a fire broke out in which 59 people died.
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