Ansal brothers surrender before city court

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New Delhi, Sep 11 (UNI) A day after the Supreme Court cancelled their bail and asked them to surrender, the Ansal brothers -- Sushil and Gopal -- along with two others, who were convicted and sentenced in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case, turned themselves in before a city court.

The brothers, who surrendered before Additional Sessions Judge Indrameet Kaur Kochhar at 1545 hrs along with their two managers Nirmal Singh Chopra and Ajit Chaudhary, were sent to Tihar Jail.

A bench of the apex court, comprising Justices B N Agarwal and G S Singhvi, yesterday set aside the impugned order of the Delhi High Court dated January 4 under which the four were granted bail during the pendency of their appeal.

The Ansal Brothers, who are the proprietors of Uphaar Theatre in Green Park, South Delhi, were sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment for criminal negligence.

Chopra and Chaudhary were handed down seven-year imprisonment.

Fifty-nine people suffocated to death on June 13, 1997, when a fire broke out in the cinema hall.


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