Uphaar tragedy: Supreme Court upholds conviction of Gopal and Sushil Ansal; judges differ on punishment

Mar 05 2014, 22:12 IST
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The fire which broke out at Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997 claimed 59 lives and left more than a 100 injured. PTI The fire which broke out at Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997 claimed 59 lives and left more than a 100 injured. PTI
SummarySupreme Court held both Gopal and Sushil Ansal guilty of criminal negligence in Uphaar cinema tragedy.

brothers, who owned Ansal Theatre and Clubotels (P) Ltd, which ran Uphaar cinema, were asked to pay 85 per cent of the total compensation awarded.

The apex court was simultaneously hearing a petition by the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) for enhancement of punishment to the Ansals. Besides the Ansal brothers, three other convicts, Harsarup Panwar, Bir Singh and Brij Mohan Satija, have filed appeals challenging their conviction.

Neelam Krishnamurthy, who lost her daughter Unnati and son Ujwal in the tragedy, is spearheading the legal battle for the victims. Krishnamurthy, along with the families of other victims, had sought more stringent punishment so that such incidents did not recur.

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