Uphaar fire case: SC refuses more time to Gopal Ansal

Supreme Court

New Delhi, March 20: In a twenty years old case of Uphaar Fire Tragedy, the Supreme Court on Monday declined plea of the owner of theater Gopal Ansal, asking for time to surrender.

Ansal’s Counsel senior advocate Ram Jethmalani in the plea had urged the court to reconsider as they have also moved the President for mercy and pardon and seek more time from the apex court.

However, the bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Monday said: “Sorry, we can’t,” grant more time. 

The Supreme court had earlier asked Gopal Ansal to surrender and undergo the remaining part of his sentence in the Uphaar fire tragedy case.

A huge fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema hall when Hindi movie “Border” was being screened on June 13, 1997. Trapped inside, 59 persons died of asphyxia and over 100 were injured in a stampede.

For 20 years the case has dragged on.

Wefornews Bureau

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