The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered one-year imprisonment to Gopal Ansal, one of the accused in the Uphaar fire tragedy. The court has asked Gopal Ansal to surrender within four weeks and serve the remaining jail term of one year. The other accused in the case, Sushil Ansal, brother of Gopal Ansal, has been provided relief by the Supreme Court, considering his old age. The court orders were issued by a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel. The bench voted 2:1, with Justices Gogoi and Joseph voting in majority and Justice Adarsh voting in minority.
It may be recalled that earlier in 2015, the Supreme Court had passed a verdict, in which, it was stated that Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal can avoid the two-year jail term if they deposited Rs 30 crore each as fine. The brothers deposited the fine, but this verdict was challenged by the CBI and the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT). Now, the Supreme Court has passed this latest verdict, sending one of the brothers to one-year jail, while providing relief to Sushil Ansal.
The Uphaar fire tragedy was an unfortunate incident that occurred on June 13, 1997, during the screening of Bollywood movie ‘Border’ in Uphaar theatre in Green Park area of South Delhi. 59 people had died due to asphyxia and more than 100 injured in the subsequent stampede.