Uphaar cinema fire: Court releases Ansal brothers in evidence tampering case

A Delhi court, on Tuesday, granted amnesty to real estate tycoons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, and ordered their release from prison by requiring them to serve only the sentence already handed down, in the tampering of evidence case in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire case. The court noted that a lower court at the time Race a sentence that is “punitive and punitive in nature” to teach them a lesson.

The Magistrates Court convicted and sentenced Ansals to seven years in prison, along with a fine of Rs 2.25 crore each. On Monday, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma’s court upheld the guilty verdict of Ansal and two others who appealed the conviction by the Magistrates’ Court. However, she acquitted one of the other accused, Anoop Singh, who was released on bail.

Addressing Uphaar Tragedy Victims Association (AVUT) President Neelam Krishnamurti, who was present at the court, District Judge Sharma said, “We sympathize with you. Many irreplaceable lives have been lost. But you must understand that penal policy is not about punishment. We must take Considering their age (ansals)…nothing can make up for your loss…”, he said.

Inside the charred Uphaar Cinema. (quick archive)

After the hearing, Krishnamurti told The Indian Express, “I am angry about this, but I am not in the least surprised. After all the court hearings, they will walk free. This is unfair. This ruling will send a wrong message to the community that the perpetrators can get away with it.” reduced sentence.”

Senior Defender Vikas Bhawa, who appeared on AVUT, said that once the sentencing order was communicated to prison authorities, the Ansal brothers could walk freely. “There are some cases remaining, however, that will not stop their release. We will appeal the matter to the Delhi High Court.

In sentencing order, the judge considered the nature of the crime, the socio-economic status of the convicts, and many other factors such as the effect on the speed of the trial in the main case to state that “the amount of prison sentence handed down by the Court of First Instance is not only cruel and hard but also disproportionate to the crime committed.”

The judge said that “the tone and substance of the court order will show that the order is … punitive and punitive in nature to give a lesson to plaintiffs Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal.”

(with input from PTI)

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