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11 years later: No bail, it's jail for the Ansal brothers. Real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal finally surrendered before a Delhi court in compliance with the Supreme Court order cancelling their bail in the case of Uphaar fire tragedy which had claimed 59 lives in 1997. The trial court on November, 20, 2007 had convicted the Ansal brothers along with three others under Section 304-A IPC (causing death due to rash and negligent act) and had sentenced them to two years imprisonment. They had, however, been granted bail by the High Court on January 4, 2008. The bail was cancelled on a petition filed by Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) challenging the order of the Delhi High Court. Also See: Uphar Tragedy

Uphaar Cinema owner Sushil Ansal (center) arrives at a court in New Delhi today. He along with Gopal Ansal and 10 other convicts in the fire tragedy case pleaded that they be released on probation or be let off after being fined. All the 12 convicts argued on the quantum of their punishment before Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal, who had convicted them yesterday in the decade-old tragedy case in which 59 cine-goers were killed. The arguments on quantum of punishment remained inconclusive today and are likely to continue tomorrow. The judge said she may pronounce the sentence on Friday.

AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

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