The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Gopal Ansal to one year jail in connection with the Uphar fire tragedy. Ansal, the real estate baron who built Uphar Cinema, has been given four weeks’ time to be moved to prison. Factoring in the six months he has already served, Ansal will serve six more.
Twenty years after a massive fire killed 59 people inside New Delhi’s Uphaar theatre, The Supreme Court partially reviewed its 2015 order for the June 13, 1997 case.
The bench hearing the case observed that the punishment must also be commensurate with public interest.
Supreme Court, however, did not review the brother and co-accused Sushil Ansal’s sentence, considering his physical ailments and old age. He is 77.
The Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) said that they lost faith in the judiciary. “Supreme Court judgement shows rich have special rights, can walk away after killing children by paying for trauma centre,” said Neelam Krishnamoorthy of AVUT.
“We do not give a damn about the trauma centre. I should have shot these people the day my children died,” Neelam Krishnamoorthy added.
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The apex court had earlier levied a fine of Rs 30 crore on the Ansal brothers, to be paid as compensation to the immediate families of the victims.