Court Defers Hearing in Tampering of Uphaar Case Files

New Delhi
Court Defers Hearing in Tampering of Uphaar Case Files
A Delhi court today fixed October 10 for hearing a case against Uphaar theatre owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal who along with others are accused of tampering with judicial file of the matter relating to the 1997 fire which killed 59 cine-goers.

The court staff of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey fixed the matter for hearing on October 10 as no proceedings could take place today as the judge was on leave.

Earlier, the court had provided the copies of the chargesheet to the accused including the Ansals.

Ansals, who were convicted and sentenced to one-year jail term in the main Uphaar fire tragedy 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.

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.
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