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. Photograph: (Reuters)
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.
Uphaar cinema fire case: Supreme Court refuses to give more time to Gopal Ansal to surrender. He will have to undergo rest of the jail term pic.twitter.com/9xljO8TUIJ— ANI (@ANI_news) March 20, 2017
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.