Uphaar tragedy: Gopal Ansal surrenders before the Tihar jail

Uphaar cinema tragedy Supreme Court asks Gopal Ansal to surrender

Uphaar tragedy: Gopal Ansal surrenders before the Tihar jail

"Sorry, we can't", said the Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

"Ansal surrendered around 5-5.30 PM".

The Supreme Court today rejected builder Gopal Ansal's plea for more time to surrender in connection with the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy case. But while 77-year-old Sushil Ansal was spared a a jail term in view of his age, Gopal Ansal had been given a one-year sentence.

The top court had ordered him to surrender by March 20. He has previously, just spent 7 months in jail.

Failing to get any leeway from the Supreme Court in the Uphaar cinema fire case, real estate baron Gopal Ansal - who has to serve seven months in jail - has now appealed to the President for relief.

Ansal has now petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee to pardon his one-year sentence.

In its February 9 judgement, the apex court had upheld the fine of Rs 30 crore each imposed on both the convicts and said it should be utilised for setting up a trauma centre.

The court case continued for 20 years.

Fifty-nine people, trapped in the balcony of the Uphaar theatre in south Delhi, died of asphyxia following the fire and over 100 were injured in the subsequent stampede on 13 June 1997 during the screening of Hindi film Border.

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