Order on sentence in Uphaar case on Nov 23

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New Delhi, Nov 22: A sessions court today adjourned the pronouncement of quantum of sentence to the convicts in the Uphaar fire tragedy case for tomorrow after hearing the final arguments of the defence and the prosecution.

During the hearing today, the defence counsel, arguing on behalf of the Ansal brothers, Sushil and Gopal, said they were not the Directors of the Uphaar cinema hall on the day of the incident. The Ansals said there was a family dependent on them and requested to be freed on probation to the court.

Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Seghal, after hearing final arguments adjourned the matter for pronouncement of order on sentence for tomorrow at 1500 hrs.

The trial in the case came to an end after ten years on Tuesday when the sessions court convicted 12 people including two Ansal brothers in the case, in which a fire had broken out at Uphaar cinema hall during the matinee show of Hindi movie 'Border', claiming 59 lives.

As the arguments of the counsel of two of the 12 convicts could not be completed yesterday, the hearing was adjourned for today.

During the hearing yesterday, the defence counsel had put forward various arguments, seeking light punishments, ranging from probation periods to fines, for their clients in view of old age of some of them and the number of dependents in their families while the prosecution asked the court to take all the 12 convicts into custody immediately as their conviction by the court did not allow them freedom of any kind any longer.

However, the judge had refused to pass any such order, saying as the setencing was only a matter of two-three days, there was no need for it.

UNI

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