NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court have ordred today Gopal Ansal to serve one year in jail , of which he had already served four months. Sushil Ansal had already undergone his jail sentence .
The court was hearing a plea seeking review of the 2015 order against the Ansal Brothers , who build and operated Delhi's Uphaar cinema , are guilty of causing death due to negligence and one of them to go to jail within four weeks, the supreme court ruled today. Gopal Ansal , 69 , has been given a month to surrender and be moved to prison, judges said.
On June 13,1997 , a massive fire broke down at the Uphaar cinema hall which left 59 people dead and more than a 100 people were injured. Most of them choked to death after being trapped in the balcony. The fire safety rule had been broken - as the exit routes had been blocked to add more seats. The incident happened during the screening of Bollywood movie 'BORDER' at the cinema located in south Delhi's Green Park area. In November that year CBI filed a chargesheet against 16 accused including theatre owners Gopal and Sushil Ansal.
In June 2015 , the Supreme Court ruled out that the Ansals would have to be jailed through the charges against them merited a two-year term; instead , they were fined 30 crores each as fine. Judges at that time said that the men had spent a few months in prison after being convicted by a lower court and because of that , and there age , they would not be imprisoned again. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which investigated the case and the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) then asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decisions.
Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy , who lost their daughter Unnati and son Ujwal in the tragedy 18 years ago , fought the case from lower courts to the India's highest court for the justice to the victms. The Krishanamoorthy's have sought more stringent punishment so that such incident do not happen again.