The Ansal brothers, businessmen, sentenced to 7 years in prison in the case of the tragedy of the fire of Uphaar
Update: 08 Nov 2021 16:59 STI
New Delhi [India], Nov 8 (ANI): The Patiala House court in Delhi on Monday sentenced convicted businessmen Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal and others to seven years in prison in the case related to the tampering of crucial evidence in the case of the tragedy of the fire of Uphaar in 1997.
The court also ordered their detention.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma also fined Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal each in the case of 2.25 crore rupees. The court, passing the order, said: “After thinking through nights and nights, the court came to the conclusion that they deserved punishment.”
The Association of Victims of the Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) recently argued in a Delhi court to sentence businessman Sushil, Gopal Ansal and others accused of tampering with related evidence to life imprisonment. to the tragedy of the 1997 fire in the cinema.
Representing AVUT, senior lawyer Vikas Pahwa argued before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma that the case revealed the arrogance of the wealthy, who believe they are beyond the reach of the law and can obtain redress despite serious breaches. . He demanded a maximum sentence for convicts.
He also claimed that the Ansals brothers’ businessman had abused his liberty, hatched a conspiracy with court staff and tampered with evidence.
He added that the defendants in this case, mainly the Ansal brothers, had abused their freedom granted in the main Uphaar case and falsified the evidence after they hatched a criminal conspiracy with court staff.
The Delhi Patiala Court previously convicted businessmen Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal along with their two employees, among others, in the case related to the tampering of crucial evidence in the fire tragedy case. Uphaar in 1997. The court found all the accused guilty under Articles 409, 201, 120B IPC and issued the order.
Along with the Ansal brothers, a member of the tribunal, Dinesh Chand Sharma and others, PP Batra, Har Swaroop Panwar, Anoop Singh and Dharamvir Malhotra, were convicted of tampering with evidence.
Out of seven defendants, two defendants Har Swaroop Panwar and Dharamvir Malhotra died during the trial.
The district court had previously ordered the formulation of charges against seven accused of complicity in crime, disappearance of evidence, criminal breach of trust by an official and criminal association.
Sushil and Gopal Ansal had previously approached the High Court to challenge the charges against them for tampering with evidence.
Senior lawyer Vikas Pahwa appeared in the Complainant Association of Victims of the Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) case. While lead lawyer Pramod Kr Dubey and lawyer Tanveer Ahmad Mir appeared for the Ansal brothers in this case.
Final arguments lasted 40 consecutive days in the case. The public prosecutor was represented by the public prosecutor AT Ansari.
The members of the Association are either those who were injured in the fire or the relatives of those who were injured or killed in the fire.
At least 59 people died of asphyxiation and more than 100 others were injured in the stampede after a fire broke out in the Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997, during the screening of JP Dutta’s film “Border”. (ANI)