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HC stays summons against 2 other accused in Uphaar case

The Delhi High Court stays the summons issued by a lower court for threatening president of Association of Uphaar Tragedy Victims.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2007 04:48 PM IST

The Delhi High Court on Thursday stayed the summons issued by a lower court against two other accused in the Uphaar tragedy case for allegedly threatening Neelam Krishnamoorthy, president of Association of Uphaar Tragedy Victims.

Justice BN Chaturvedi, after hearing the counsel of Sushil Ansal and Deepak Kathpali, stayed the order of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACCM) and issued notices to the NCT government and Krishnamoorthy.

The court had already stayed the summons of Gopal Bansal and PS Sharma on July three.

The court also directed the respondents (NCT Government and Neelam) to file their reply by November 13 when the matter would be taken up for hearing.

ACCM Kamini Lau had issued summons to the Ansal brothers and their two employees, PS Sharma and Deepak Kathpali and directed them to appear before her on July 9.

Lau had issued summons to them on a complaint of Krishnamoorthy, who alleged that she was abused and threatened by the two employees of Ansal brothers on May 10.

Krishnamoorthy, who had lost her two minor children in the tragedy in which 57 others were asphyxiated during the screening of Hindi blockbuster "Border" on 13 June 1997, alleged her pictures were taken on May 10 when she was coming out of the courtroom after attending the proceedings.

The trial in the case has reached at its fag end as the prosecution has completed the recording of evidence with the testimony of 115 witnesses.

The court here, in pursuance of the Delhi High Court's order to conclude the 10-year-old trial by August, is now hearing the final arguments in the matter on a day-to-day basis.

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