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Uphaar Cinema Fire Tragedy: Delhi High Court seeks response from Ansal brothers on Delhi Police plea seeking enhancement of their sentence

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The High Court of Delhi today sought response from real estate barons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, who were convicted in the evidence tampering case related to the Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy that killed 59 people on June 13, 1997.

The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Anup Bhambani issued notice on a petition filed by the Delhi Police, challenging the reduction of sentence of Sushil and Gopal Ansal from seven years to eight months in the evidence tampering case related to the Uphaar tragedy.

The High Court further issued notice to the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT).

In November 2021, a trial court in Delhi had sentenced the Ansal brothers, former court staff Dinesh Chand Sharma, PP Batra and Anoop Singh to seven-year jail term each for their involvement in the fire tragedy.

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Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Pankaj Sharma had convicted Ansals and others under Sections 201 (tampering of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

However, in July last year, after upholding the conviction, the Principal District and Sessions Court had released both Sushil and Gopal Ansal against the period already undergone by them in jail.

The criminal revision petitions of Ansal brothers against their conviction and sentencing are pending before a coordinate bench.

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