Uphaar fire tragedy case: Supreme Court declines more surrender time to Gopal Ansal

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

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2017 12:38 pm

The Supreme Court on Monday declined Uphaar theatre owner Gopal Ansal’s plea for more time to surrender, as he said he has moved the President for mercy and pardon.

“Sorry, we can’t,” said a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul as senior counsel Ram Jethmalani urged the court to give a few more days to Ansal to surrender.

The apex court had earlier asked Gopal Ansal to surrender to 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.

The case has dragged on for almost 20 years.

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    Gallupalli.Reddy
    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:57 am
    It is a "BLOOD BOILING" and "MIND BLOWING" system design that the dumbest BARB-ARYANS have meticulously maintained for the past 70 years purely for the survival of only their ilk. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A natural penalty for them would concentration camps. They won't stop until...
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      Gopal
      Mar 20, 2017 at 11:47 am
      Judges and criminals work hand in hand to cause delays. This case has dragged on for more than 20 years. Helped by delays and bails, most such convicts will never spend any time in jail.
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        Kulmohan Singh
        Mar 20, 2017 at 7:32 am
        A 77 year old construction company owner is being jailed over a fire accident in one of his buildings in Delhi. Then why are the hands-on killers of 1984 riots not being jailed over those killings ?
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          NEIL
          Mar 20, 2017 at 6:52 am
          I WAS STUDYING IN DELHI WHEN THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED. ITS A SHAME THAT THE VICTIMS /FAMILIES ARE YET TO GET PROPER JUSTICE EVEN AFTER 20 YEARS. THE MANNER IN WHICH THIS HAS BEEN HANDLED IS A BLOT ON OUR W DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM. CONDOLENCES TO ALL THOSE WHO LOST FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE CASE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SETTLED IN 3 MONTHS TIME.
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            Shyama Priya
            Mar 20, 2017 at 10:55 am
            While both are bad, you need to compare apples with apples. Shoddy construction with no fire escape exits or routes forcing a number of people to die and be injured should have been punished within three to six months. With adequate monetary relief provided to families of victims.
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