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Uphaar cinema fire case: SC to hear plea against IPS officer Amod Kanth today

IPS officer Amod Kanth is accused of allowing retention of 37 extra seats in the Uphaar theatre in violation of the Cinematography Act.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2017 09:05 IST
As many as 59 people died when a fire broke out during the screening of Hindi movie Border on June 13, 1997. (PTI file photo)
As many as 59 people died when a fire broke out during the screening of Hindi movie Border on June 13, 1997. (PTI file photo)

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a plea filed against former IPS officer Amod Kanth in the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy case.

The Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), led by Neelam Krishnamurthy, have alleged that Kanth allowed retention of 37 extra seats in the theatre in violation of the Cinematography Act.

In April, accused Gopal Ansal surrendered before the Tihar jail authorities after the apex court refused to grant him more time.

The court also directed senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Ansal, to ask the real estate baron to complete the rest of his jail term.

The apex court sentenced Ansal to a one-year jail term on February 9, while his elder brother Sushil was allowed to skip his prison term because of his old age and ill-health.

As many as 59 people died and more than 100 were injured in the subsequent stampede after a fire broke out during the screening of Hindi movie Border on June 13, 1997.