The Ansal Brothers today gave in writing to the Supreme Court that they won’t leave the country until the hearing on the review petition in Uphaar fire tragedy begins. On the plea of The Association of Victims of Uphaar Fire Tragedy, the Supreme Court had issued notice to Ansal brothers.
Earlier, the lawyer, of two brothers had given a verbal writing that they won’t leave the country till the top court decides on the plea of Uphaar Association’s petition in the matter. The apex court had assured the victims’ association of Uphaar fire tragedy that it would soon set up a bench to hear the petition seeking review of its verdict last year, in which businessmen were required to serve two years prison term if they failed to pay Rs. 30 crore each as fine in the matter.
Yesterday, a bench headed by Justice J S Khehar had asked the counsel representing Ansals to give an undertaking that Ansal brother’s won’t leave the country till the apex court hears the review petition in the case.
In 2015, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice AR Dave had decided to hear in an open court the plea filed by the CBI and AVUT requesting review of the 2015 verdict. After the judgment, the Ansals had deposited the amount.
On June 13, 1997, at least 59 people were killed at Uphaar Cinema due to asphyxiation and stampede after fire broke out when an overheated generator exploded in the building’s basement during the screening of of a movie.