The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a curative petition filed in connection with the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy case. The petition was filed by victims’ association against the SC 2017 order in the case granting relief to the Ansal brothers, Sushil and Gopal Ansal.
Real estate baron Sushil and Gopal Ansal were the owners of the Uphaar Cinema situated in Green Park, New Delhi. 59 people were killed in the incident of fire during the screening of Hindi movie ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997.
A bench of Justices led by Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justice NV Ramana and Arun Mishra on rejected the curative petition of the Association for Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) in the case.
“We have gone through the curative petitions and other relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out…. Hence, the curative petition is dismissed,” order read.
The case was long drawn legal battle, in which a trial court had in 2015 convicted the Ansal brothers.
However, in 2015, the SC ordered that the Ansal be released imposing a fine of Rs 60 crore.
The verdict received widespread criticism as Ansal brothers had only undergone five to six months imprisonment each.
In 2017, the SC while reviewing its own decision sentenced one Ansal brothers, Gopal, to a year in jail.
But the bench didn’t order any jail term for the other accused, the elder brother Sushil, keeping his age into consideration.
“Further, the judgment also reduces the sentence of one year on Sushil Ansal to the period of sentence already undergone if the fine imposed is paid by the convict in view of his advanced age,” the court had said.