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Uphaar fire: Ansal brothers jailed for 7 years, fined Rs 2.25 crore for tampering with evidence

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Uphaar Fire Tragedy: A Delhi court on Monday sentenced businessmen Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal and others to seven years in jail for tampering with vital evidence in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case. Along with this, the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 crore against the Ansal brothers.

According to the information, Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday sentenced Sushil and Gopal Ansal to seven years in jail for tampering with evidence in the Uphaar fire case. Apart from these, Dinesh Chand Sharma, a former employee of the court and two others PP Batra and Anoop Singh have also been sentenced to 7 years in jail. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 crore on Sushil and Gopal Ansal and ordered their custody.

The court had on October 8 last month convicted businessmen Sushil and Gopal Ansal, including two of their employees, for tampering with vital evidence in the Uphaar fire incident. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma, in this case Dinesh Chand Sharma, a former employee of the court and other persons P.P. Batra and Anoop Singh were also convicted.

59 people were killed in the accident, in which the Ansal brothers were convicted and the Supreme Court sentenced them to two years in jail. However, considering the time spent in jail, the Supreme Court had released them on the condition that both will have to pay Rs 30 crore each for the construction of a trauma center in the capital Delhi. Two other accused Har Swaroop Panwar and Dharamveer Malhotra died during the trial.

On June 13, 1997, a massive fire broke out at Uphaar Cinema in Delhi’s Green Park area during the screening of the film Border, in which 59 people died.

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