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Uphaar cinema fire case: No relief for Gopal Ansal

Gopal Ansal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday declined any relief to Gopal Ansal and asked him to surrender immediately to undergo one-year jail term in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul rejected the plea moved by the real estate baron seeking more time to surrender on the ground that he has moved a mercy plea before the President.

The apex court also rejected the plea from the senior advocate seeking a direction for speedy disposal of his mercy plea, pending before the President, saying that it cannot interfere in it as it is an exclusive jurisdiction of the President.

A huge fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema hall when Hindi movie “Border” was being screened on June 13, 1997. Around 59 persons died and over 100 were injured in this incident.

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