Ansal's plea seeking permission to file submission dismisser

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New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) Delhi High Court today dismissed the petition of Ansal brothers and three others accused in the Uphaar fire tragedy case seeking their written submissions to be heard before the session court pronounce any final judgement.

Justice S N Dhingra rejected the plea of two Ansal brothers Gopal and Sushil Ansal and three others- Ajit Chaudhry, Nirmal Singh Chopra and R K Sharma, as they had no substantial reason to file additional documents when the trial is over. The court ruled that the trial in the case was already over and the accused have already deposed before the case.

The prosecution argued that there was no reason for the ansal brothers to submit their defence at this stage, and this was only a delay tactics.

Ansal brothers and the other three managers of the Uphaar Cinema hall had approached the Delhi High Court that they should be allowed to submit some written submissions before the trial court before it prononces its final judgement.

The Session court had earlier, on August 22, 2007 fixed the date for its final orders but the court sought one months time to pronounce its judgement as certain clarifications were needed by the court.

The trial in the 10-year-old Uphaar tragedy case is going on in the Patiala House Court. The tragedy which occurred on June 13, 1997, had claimed 59 lives and left many others injured.

The matter was being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). which charged 12 persons including the two Ansal brothers who are the owners of the Uphaar cinema hall, for causing death due to negligence.


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