Uphaar tragedy: Two convicts move HC

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New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) Two convicts in the Uphaar fire tragedy case moved the Delhi High Court today seeking suspension of their sentences.

Former managers of Uphaar theatre, Radha Krishan Sharma and Nirmal Singh Chopra are serving the sentence of seven years' rigorous imprisonment.

Both the petitioners argued that the trial court had failed to appreciate the evidence against them. Sharma's counsel told the court that his client was ill and needed to be released on bail.

Hearing their arguments, Justice H R Malhotra issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and posted further hearing for January 17, Thursday.

The court asked the jail authorities to furnish Sharma's medical records on the next date of hearing.

A trial court had on November 20 last year convicted all the 12 accused under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing death of 59 cinegoers during the screening of the Hindi blockbuster "Border" on June 13, 1997.

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