The Supreme Court today refused Gopal Ansal’s plea seeking more time to surrender and asked him to undergo rest of the jail term in the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy. A three-judge bench had last month granted relief to his brother Sushil Ansal considering his advanced age-related complications by awarding him jail term already undergone and had asked younger sibling Gopal to surrender in four weeks to serve the remaining jail term. Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani had appeared for him in the top court today.
Earlier this month, the apex court had dismissed Gopal Ansal’s plea to let him off with the sentence that he has already undergone in parity with elder brother Sushil Ansal in Uphaar fire tragedy case. The case is related to real estate baron Gopal Ansal seeking extension of time to surrender for serving one-year jail term in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case in which 59 persons had died during the screening of Hindi movie ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said, “The appeal filed by Gopal Ansal is dismissed”. With the apex court dismissing his plea, Gopal Ansal will have to serve the remaining period of the one-year sentence.
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In its application, Neelam Krishnamoorthy-led AVUT had previously said that both Sushil and Gopal Ansal are healthy and should be sent to jail to serve the remaining sentence in the case. “No evidence or material was ever placed on record, either in the course of the appeals or the review petitions, by Sushil Ansal that suggests that he is having any medical complication(s),” the association had said in its application. They also opposed Gopal Ansal’s plea saying the review pleas of CBI and AVUT have already been decided and “there cannot be a review of the review judgement”.
(With PTI inputs)