Delhi sessions court asks trial court for file on evidence tampering case against Ansals

Sushil and Gopal Ansal had sought a stay in the trial court proceedings.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:October 14, 2015 3:26 am
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A Delhi sessions court, through the record keeper of the trial court, has called for the file pertaining to a case of tampering of evidence, filed against Sushil Ansal, Gopal Ansal and other accused persons in the 1997 Uphaar tragedy case.

On June 13, 1997, 59 people were killed in a blaze inside the Uphaar cinema hall, owned by brothers and real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal.

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The court has sought the file so that it can begin hearing arguments on the Ansal brothers’ plea seeking a stay on trial court proceedings in the evidence tampering case.

Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kapoor has directed the court record keeper (Ahlmad) for the requisition of the case from the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal.

The sessions court has also said that in case the file is not received, the court shall begin arguments on the Ansals’ plea for a stay on the trial court proceedings.

“Ahlmad (record keeper) is directed to issue Robkar for the requisition of file, one week well in advance under intimation to this court from the date fixed…In case the file is not received on the date of hearing, arguments on the prayer of stay on proceedings pending before CMM shall be heard,” ASJ Raj Kapoor ordered. The court will now hear the matter on November 4.

The directions of the session court has come in connection with the criminal revision petition filed by Sushil Ansal, Gopal Ansal and Anoop Singh.

The plea has challenged the order charge of the trial court, which has put them on trial on charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and destruction of evidence for allegedly tampering with judicial records related to the tragedy.

The trial court is presently recording prosecution evidence in the case.

The counsel for the accused have argued that the revision petition filed by them have been delayed — as the record with the trial court has been requisitioned a number of times but has not been received.

It was also argued that if the record of the trial court is not received, the accused persons should be allowed to start arguing on their plea to stay the trial court proceedings.

In the present case, the accused persons — Sushil Ansal, Gopal Ansal and H S Panwar — have been accused of conspiring with Dinesh Chandra Sharma, the record keeper, through accused P P Batra, for tampering the documents while the case against them was already
pending.

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