Uphaar fire tragedy: SC sentences Gopal Ansal to one year jail

Gopal Ansal was asked by the apex court to surrender within four weeks.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2017 1:17 pm
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Reviewing its 2015 judgment, the Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Gopal Ansal to one year jail in connection with the Uphar fire tragedy. He was asked by the apex court to surrender within four weeks. Ansal previously served four months of his four year sentence, which was later commuted. He will now have to serve the remainder of the sentence which is six months. Delving on its earlier judgment in 2015, the bench hearing the case observed that the punishment must also be commensurate with public interest. Sushil Ansal, however, was let off by the top court citing his old age.

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Reacting to the development,  the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) said that they lost faith in the judiciary. “Extremely disappointed, biggest mistake in my life was coming to court. Lost faith in judiciary. Have been let down very badly,a futile exercise. Rich and powerful enjoy special powers,” said  Neelam Krishnamoorthy of AVUT. In 1997, fifty nine people were killed in the fire accident at Uphaar cinema. The top court had earlier levied a fine of Rs 30 crore on the Ansal brothers; to be paid as compensation to the immediate families of the victims.


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    Rakesh Kochhar
    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    One can only agree with the victim's kin that they should have shot Ansals dead if the judiciary is so incompetent . A public movement should be started to get the verdict reviewed. Shameful it is !
    1. D
      Feb 9, 2017 at 11:08 am
      Let us start s public movement for death penalty for such criminal negligence and minimum punishment for fleeing accident scedent or killing by motor car to be ten years and drunk driving killing punishment to be twenty five years without parole.
      1. M
        Feb 9, 2017 at 11:10 am
        Why 4 weeks to surrender SC? Why not 40 years!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SC JUDGES BETTER GET OUT AND DISSOVE JUDICIARY! ANYWAYS IT IS DISFUNCTIONAL.
        1. L
          Feb 9, 2017 at 11:05 am
          FK WITH SC. There are worst words to explain the RAWT in SC.
          1. M
            Feb 9, 2017 at 10:48 am
            Injustice,---all law makers and judges are CONGIE appointees and some have got 2 to 3 yrs before their contract expires,----CONGIE appointed judges needs to be forcibly removed from law bar and office immediately,---Jai hind.
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              Varna Sri
              Feb 10, 2017 at 4:52 am
              And the rich and powerful still get away #upahaar #judiciary
              1. C
                Champa Bai
                Feb 9, 2017 at 8:12 am
                judiciary in this country has lost its relevance completely.......people have lost faith.........everytime since independence...the rich have got scotfree with every type of crime..........20 yrs of tax payers money....gone down the drain....judiciary should be completely dismantled......
                1. F
                  Feb 9, 2017 at 7:26 am
                  1 year ha ha 😂😂😂😂 this old guy should spend rest of his life in jail but like everything Indian laws r also different for rich and poor
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