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HC orders release of Ansals' passports

delhi Updated: May 19, 2008 22:36 IST
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The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered the release of passports of Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, the owners of Uphaar cinema hall, who were sentenced to two years imprisonment in the Uphaar fire tragedy case.

The court, however, asked Ansals to inform the High Court Registrar about their trip to abroad and the itineraries before they leave the country.

The passports are presently deposited with the Registrar as the appeal filed by Ansals and other convicts are pending before the High Court.

Justice HR Malhotra also made it clear that in case the Ansal brothers wish to visit abroad for more than a month they have to seek the court's permission.

At least 59 people were killed due to asphyxia following a fire that broke from the transformer during screening of a Hindi movie 'Border' eleven years ago.

Meanwhile, the court also granted bail to two of the hall managers, NS Chopra and Ajit Chowdhary, but denied bail to three DVB employees and the cinema hall gate keeper.

A court here had on November 23, 2007 sentenced Sushil Ansal along with his brother Gopal Ansal to two-year jail term for causing death by their negligent act. The Ansal brothers, however, have been granted bail in the case.

Seven others -- Radha Krishan Sharma, NS Chopra, Ajit Chowdhary (Uphaar managers), Manmohan Unniyal (cinema's gatekeeper), Brij Mohan Satija, AK Gera and Bir Singh (all DVB officials) -- held guilty for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, were awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment.

The other three, convicted for offences similar to that of Ansal brothers, were also given two years' jail term each but were granted bail.