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Uphaar fire case: Arvind Kejriwal to seek legal opinion on plea by victims’ families

The Delhi Government's move comes after three members of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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The hall in Uphaar Cinema. Shut since 1997, electricity never restored, it still carries signs left behind by those who watched the last show. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

After members of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, the Delhi government announced that it would set up a trauma centre.

Neelam Krishnamoorthy and other representatives also urged the CM to not accept the fine of Rs 60 crore to be deposited by Gopal and Sushil Ansal on the Supreme Court’s direction.

“He told us that he has consulted his legal advisors. They have advised to take it (the money) as it would otherwise amount to contempt of court or could give rise to a constitutional crisis. I urged him not to take blood money from the Ansals. He said he will look into it. Delhi government employees had given licence to Uphaar by violating the rules and now they have been rewarded. It means justice too, listens to those with money,” said Krishanmoorthy.

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The government also said it is ready to make a law which will mete out stringent punishment to those responsible for man-made disasters like the Uphaar and Bhopal gas tragedy. The representatives were requested to send their views and objections on the entire subject.

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Krishanmoorthy also said she has prepared a paper on man-made disasters which she would present to the CM on his request.

The government, in a statement, said, “The CM is seeking a legal opinion on the matter and will take a considered decision, which will take into account sentiments of the victims’ families.”

Kejriwal was also apprised about the other Uphaar related cases going on in different courts.

“The CM told the delegation that the government will appoint counsels in these cases only after consulting the families, and will do everything possible to fast-track these cases,” said a senior official.

Kejriwal also said the government will give priority to fire-safety measures and the fire department will be beefed up and modernised to avoid any untoward situations.