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Police probing nexus between Ansals and dismissed court staff

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New Delhi, Aug 8(UNI) The Delhi Police today told the Delhi High Court that they were investigating the alleged nexus between the Uphaar cinema owners Ansal brothers and the retrenched district court staff, who was dismissed for tampering with the evidence.

Submitting a status report before Justice A K Sikri, Chief Investigating Officer Amit Roy, ACP, said the probe would take at least two more months.

The court granted two months time and adjourned the matter till October 11.

The preliminary investigation had zeroed in on Dinesh Chandra Sharma, who was dismissed after a probe by an Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) for tampering of evidence and dereliction of duty.

''Sunil Kumar Notiyal, ahlmad (Record keeper) in the court of ASJ Mamta Sehgal on his transfer handed over the case file of the Uphaar tragedy intact to Dinesh Kumar Sharma, ahlmad on May 22, 2001 under proper receipt,'' said the report.

The police was verifying the immovable property acquired by the suspects during 2001-04 in the Capital and its adjoining areas--Gurgaon, NOIDA, Faridabad, Ghaziabad etc.

The telephone service providers, Income Tax department, Banks had been asked to provide any information regarding the suspect on acquisition of any property or money, said the 8-page report.

On the basis of the inquiry report of Additional Sessions Judge S C Malik, Sharma was dismissed from his service for deliberately destroying the court papers.

The Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), which is pursuing the case against the Ansals, had filed a petition in the High Court saying that the bail of prime accused Sushil Ansal should be cancelled because it was at his behest that the lower court staff had destroyed the evidence.

It was a serious offence and the bail of the accused should be rejected as he might further tamper with evidence, the petition said.

The High Court had directed the Delhi Police to institute a probe to find out whether there was a nexus between the Ansals and the dismissed court staff.

The trial Court had framed charges against 16 accused, including proprietors of Ansals properties Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, for their alleged involvement in the Uphaar fire tragedy on June 13, 1997 which left 59 dead and more than 100 injured.

UNI PAT YA VC1915

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