Uphaar cinema tragedy: Supreme Court asks Gopal Ansal to surrender

Uphaar cinema tragedy: Supreme Court asks Gopal Ansal to surrender

At least 59 people died after a fire broke out in Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997, during the screening of JP Dutta's film Border. (Reuters)

Delhi, India | Mar 20, 2017, 12.48 PM (IST)

India’s Supreme Court on Monday refused to give more time to Uphaar theatre owner Gopal Ansal, who has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment for a fire in the south Delhi theatre that killed 59 people. 

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The top court had ordered him to surrender by March 20.

The apex court told senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Ansal, to ask the real estate baron to undergo the rest of his jail term.

Ansal had filed an application in Supreme Court seeking to extend the time to surrender for serving the one-year jail term.

At least 59 people died after a fire broke out in Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997, during the screening of JP Dutta's film Border.

(WION)

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