Uphaar Fire: Builder Brothers Sushil and Gopal Ansal receive 7 years in jail.
New Delhi: Businessmen Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal have been sentenced to seven years in prison for tampering with evidence related to a 1997 fire at Delhi’s Uphaar Theater that killed 59 people. The Ansal brothers, who run a large real estate business, were also fined 2.25 million rupees each by the Patiala House Court in Delhi.
Both were convicted of tampering with the evidence in the case a month ago. The sentence arrived today.
The Ansals were previously jailed for two years by the Supreme Court. They were later released and fined Rs 30 million each, which would be used to build a trauma care center in the national capital.
Two other defendants in the Uphaar fire tragedy, Har Swaroop Panwar, and Dharamvir Malhotra, died at trial.
The fire in the Uphaar cinema broke out during the screening of the war film ‘Border’. The theater’s fire safety plans were not in place, and in the resulting chaos, 59 people were suffocated to death, while more than 100 were injured in a stampede.
The case attracted a lot of attention due to the profile of the owners, while the parents of the young people who died in the fire joined forces to persecute the Ansals in court. A lengthy legal battle was fought that went from negligence charges to homicide against the Ansal brothers.
In June last year, amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court had asked the Delhi government about the status of the construction of a second trauma care center in Delhi’s Dwarka that would be funded by the Rs 60 million fine. of the Ansal brothers.