The Supreme Court is set to hear on Tuesday a plea by victims of the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy to enhance punishment of real estate barons Gopal and Sushil Ansal, who have been held guilty of “criminal negligence”. The brothers own the cinema hall which had caught fire, killing 59.
A bench led by Justice J S Khehar ordered the listing of the petition on Tuesday after senior lawyer K T S Tulsi, representing the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy, sought an order to restrain the Ansals from flying abroad. “There is a full page article in a magazine that the Ansals are on a spree to sell their property and flee the country. We want them to be restrained until our plea is heard,” said Tulsi. The bench asked the counsel appearing for the Ansals if they had any plan to fly abroad. “…Either you give an undertaking that you will not go abroad till we hear this case or we pass an order restraining you,” the bench told the counsel, who agreed to furnish an undertaking.