NEW DELHI: In a shocking announcement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday announced that the Ansal brothers need not have to go to jail in the Uphaar fire tragedy where 59 cinegoers had died of asphyxia in a massive blaze that engulfed the theatre in 1997. However, the court imposed a fine of Rs. 60 crore on Ansal brothers.
As ordered by the apex court, the fine that has to be deposited within three months will be utilized by the Delhi government.
On March 5, 2014, the top court had upheld the conviction of Gopal and Sushil Ansal in 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case.
A total of 59 people had died and more than 100 were injured when the Uphaar cinema was caught up under massive fire in the heart of South Delhi while a film was running there on June 13, 1997.
The fire that started in the parking lot later surrounded the building in the busy Green Park area. Most of the people died in the ensuing stampede or were asphyxiated.