Prosecute Ansals for tampering with evidence in Uphaar case: HC

Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed petitions filed by Gopal and Sushil Ansal, owners of Uphaar Cinema, seeking quashing of their prosecution for alleged tampering of evidence in connection with the fire tragedy case. The tragedy left 59 people dead.

The Ansal brothers had challenged the order issued on February 15, 2008, by an additional chief metropolitan magistrate summoning them in the case.

“This court does not find any merit in the petitions”, said Justice S Muralidhar imposing a cost of Rs 25,000 each on the petitioners.

The Ansals argued the magistrate was wrong in summoning them “on the basis of a supplementary chargesheet without any fresh material on record”. The lower court had in January 31, 2003, ordered a probe after some documents related to case went missing from court record room.

After the probe, DC Sharma, a court employee, was dismissed by the district judge for tampering with the court records on June 25, 2004.


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