A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to Uphaar theatre owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal after they surrendered before it in a case of destruction of evidence relating to the 1997 fire tragedy that claimed 59 lives.
Counsel for Ansals Vijay Aggarwal and H S Bhalla contended they were never arrested during the investigating process, as a natural consequence they are entitled to bail.
The Metropolitan Magistrate asked the Ansal brothers to furnish a personal and surety bond of Rs 1 lakh as a pre-condition of their release on bail.
Besides Ansals, four other accused — H.S. Panwar, Anup Singh, Dharamveer Malhotra and Prem Prakash Batra — also surrendered in court and were granted bail on furnishing of personal and surety bond of the like amount.
The police had in 2008 filed a new chargesheet before the court against Ansal brothers for tampering with judicial records of the fire.