New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected builder Gopal Ansal’s plea for more time to surrender in connection with the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy case. Ansal told the court that he has moved the President for mercy and pardon in the case, however, was asked to surrender immediately and serve his remaining term.
“Sorry, we can’t,” said a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul as senior counsel Ram Jethmalani urged the court to give a few more days to Ansal to surrender.
The apex court had earlier asked Gopal Ansal to surrender to undergo the remaining part of his sentence in the Uphaar fire tragedy case.
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A huge fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema hall when Hindi movie “Border” was being screened on June 13, 1997. Trapped inside, 59 persons died of asphyxia and over 100 were injured in a stampede.