The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing on the Uphaar tragedy case. Earlier in April, the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) president, N. Krishnamoorthy, claimed she was abused and threaten by Uphaar case accused Gopal Ansal’s aides. The Patiala House Court, which received her complaints, adjourned the matter for hearing on May 27.The court has already reserved its order on the basis of the chargesheet filed by Krishnamoorthy, who lost her children in the Uphaar tragedy.
Earlier in April, Gopal Ansal surrendered before the Tihar jail authorities after the Supreme Court refused to grant him more time. The apex court also refused Ansal’s plea for more time to surrender. The court also directed senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Ansal, to ask the real estate baron to complete the rest of his jail term.
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The apex court sentenced Ansal to one-year jail term on February 9, while, his elder brother Sushil was ordered to skip his prison term citing old age and ill-health.At least 59 people died of asphyxia and over 100 others were injured in the stampede after fire broke out in Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997, during the screening of J.P. Dutta’s film ‘Border’. This court case continued for 20 years.