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Uphaar Cinema Fire: Ansal Brothers Approach SC For Desealing Premises
Uphaar Cinema Fire: Ansal Brothers Approach SC For Desealing Premises

The Real estate barons Ansal brothers on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking de-sealing of Uphaar cinema where the 1997 fire tragedy occurred.

Fifty-nine people died due to asphyxiation on June 13, 1997 during the screening of Hindi film ‘Border’ when a fire engulfed the Uphaar Cinema. Over 100 were injured in the fire and the stampede that followed. The Cinema hall is situated in south Delhi’s Green Park area.

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A trial court had sentenced the Ansal brothers to two-year rigorous imprisonment, in 2007. However, after one year the Delhi High Court reduced the sentence to one year. Later, the apex court upheld their conviction in the case in 2015 but considering their age and the period had already spent in jail, it decided not to send them back to jail and rather asked the duo to pay a fine of Rs 30 crore each in lieu of a jail term.

The brother Sushil and Gopal Ansal, held guilty of “criminal negligence” had deposited Rs 60 crore with the Delhi government in adherence to the Supreme Court’s order.

The cinema hall has remained sealed since the tragedy.