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Uphaar fire case:CBI seeks time to file reply to victims’ plea

CBI sought more time from a Delhi court to file its reply to the plea of victims of Uphaar fire tragedy challenging the clean chit given to former IPS officer Amod Kanth.

CBI today sought more time from a Delhi court to file its reply to the plea of victims of Uphaar fire tragedy challenging the clean chit given to former IPS officer Amod Kanth accused of allowing extra seats in the theatre where 59 people died in the 1997 inferno.

“Some more time be granted for filing the reply,” the prosecutor,appearing for CBI,submitted before District and Sessions Judge S P Garg.

The court allowed the plea and deferred the hearing till August 29 for filing of reply to the application of Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) against CBI’s report that it did not find anything incriminating to prosecute the former police officer.

It had issued notice to the probe agency on the protest application of AVUT.

Earlier,the probe agency,in its report,had said that there was no witness to the fact that it was Kanth who allowed extra seats in the theatre for any consideration.

Kanth,the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Licencing),had allegedly allowed retention of 37 extra seats in the theatre in 1979 in violation of the Cinematograph Act.

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These extra seats had consequently blocked the exits at the balcony of the theatre where 59 movie-watchers died of asphyxia as they could not go out when fire engulfed it during the screening of Hindi movie ‘Border’ on June 13,1997,the court had observed in its verdict in 2007.