Uphaar Tragedy: Police Seeks Conditional Bail for Ansals

New Delhi
Uphaar Tragedy: Police Seeks Conditional Bail for Ansals
The Delhi Police today approached a court here seeking imposition of "conditions" for bail for Uphaar cinema hall owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal facing prosecution for allegedly tampering with judicial records of the case relating to the 1997 fire which killed 59 cine goers.

"This case pertaining to the offences of destruction of judicial records and fabricating of false evidences and in view of facts of the case, conditions are required to be imposed (on the accused) in the interest of justice," the application, filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey, said.

The court took the plea into the records and fixed the matter for November 29 for filing of responses of the accused.

Earlier, Ansals and four other accused -- Anoop Singh, Prem Praksh Batra, Harswaroop Panwar and Dharamveer Malhotra -- were granted bail in the case on furnishing of a personal and surety bond of Rs one lakh each as a pre-condition.

However, the court did not impose the restrictive and necessary conditions such as that they would not tamper with the evidence and will not threaten the witnesses, on Ansals and others while freeing them on bail.

Seventh accused Dinesh Chandra Sharma, a sacked record keeper, was granted bail prior to the six accused in the case.

Ansals, convicted and sentenced to one-year jail term in 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 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 the 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 that they had already resigned from the board of directors of M/s Ansal Theatres and Clubotels Pvt Limited, which owned the cinema hall, before the fire tragedy.
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