A Delhi court today provided copies of the chargesheet and other documents to Uphaar theatre owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal facing prosecution for allegedly tampering with judicial file of the case relating to the 1997 fire which killed 59 cinegoers.
"Copies (of chargesheet) supplied (to the accused). Put up for scrutiny of documents and further proceedings on August 11," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey said.
Ansals, who were convicted and sentenced to one year jail term in the main Uphaar fire case, are accused of colluding with others, including a court's record keeper, in destroying crucial judicial documents.
The documents allegedly proved that the Ansals, contrary to their claims, were the owners of the theatre at the time of the incident.
The Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), meanwhile, today said conditions such as that they would neither tamper with the evidence nor threaten the witnesses, were not imposed on the accused while granting them the bail.
"The accused are facing prosecution for tampering with the records. They are also facing charges of threatening me. Even then, the court did not impose any such condition on them," Neelam Krishnamurthy of AVUT said.
"For that, the prosecution will have to file a separate application," the court said.
Earlier, the court had granted bail to Ansals and four others, H S Panwar, Anup Singh, Dharamveer Malhotra and Prem Prakash Batra, on furnishing of a personal and surety bond of Rs one lakh each as a pre-condition.
Seventh accused Dinesh Chandra Sharma, a sacked record keeper, is already on bail in the case.
The documents said to have been tampered with included a police memo giving details of recoveries made immediately after the incident, Delhi Fire Service records pertaining to repair of transformer installed inside Uphaar, minutes of managing director's meetings and four cheques, the chargesheet said.
Out of the six set of documents, a cheque of Rs 50 lakh, issued by Sushil Ansal to self, and minutes of the MD's meetings, prove beyond doubt that the two brothers were handling the day-to-day affairs of the theatre, it said.
The Ansal brothers had argued they had already resigned from the board of directors of M/s Ansal Theatres and Clubotels Pvt Limited, which owned the cinema hall.
Ansals Get Chargesheet For Tampering Case Files
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