Uphaar fire tragedy: SC asks Ansal brothers to pay Rs 60 crore, no jail term

Brand-new DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that there was no need for Ansal brothers to go to jail in the Uphaar fire tragedy where 59 cinegoers had died of asphyxia in a massive blaze that engulfed the theatre in 1997.

The SC, however, imposed a fine of Rs 60 crore on Ansal brothers.

The fine has actually to be deposited within three months and will be utilized by the Delhi government, the top court said.

The Supreme Court on March 5, 2014 had upheld the conviction of Gopal and Sushil Ansal in 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case.

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A total of 59 people died and 100 were injured when there was a big fire at Uphaar cinema hall, in the heart of south Delhi, while a film was being screened on the evening of June 13, 1997. The fire started in the parking lot and then engulfed the building in the busy Green Park area – most people died in the ensuing stampede or were asphyxiated.

(along with inputs from agencies)

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