Uphaar Fire Tragedy: Gopal Ansal Surrenders, To Serve Jail Term

Angelica Greene
March 21, 2017

Real estate mogul Gopal Ansal surrendered before Tihar jail authorities today after the Supreme Court declined any relief to him in the Uphaar fire tragedy case. He is 77 years old.Time is running out for the younger Ansal, who had been given a month's time in February to surrender by the Supreme Court.

On behalf of Ansal, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani had urged the court to give him a few more days to surrender.

Fifty-nine people, trapped in the balcony of the theatre in South Delhi, had died of asphyxia following the fire and more than 100 were injured in the subsequent stampede on June 13, 1997 during the screening of Bollywood film "Border". The uphaar case has prolonged for nearly 20 years.

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Gopal Ansal owned the Uphaar theatre with his brother Sushil Ansal. Ansal told the court that he has moved the President for mercy and pardon in the case, however, was asked to surrender immediately and serve his remaining term.

The Delhi High Court had on December 19, 2008 awarded one-year jail term to both Sushil and Gopal Ansal in the case while reducing the two-year sentence imposed on them by the trial court. The Mint had reported the CBI as saying in the petition that it was a miscarriage of justice since it had not been given enough time to express its views.

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