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Court issues notices on Uphaar cinema owners' plea

The HC notice to Delhi Govt and the CBI comes after the Ansals sought permission to put the hall to productive use.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2008 08:02 PM IST

The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to the Delhi government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after the Uphaar cinema owners moved the court seeking permission to put the hall to productive use.

Justice H.R. Malhotra issued the notice to the Delhi government and the CBI to file reply by April 24, the next date of hearing.

The Uphaar cinema hall was sealed following a fire in 1997 that killed 59 people.

Theatre owners Sushil Ansal and his brother Gopal Ansal, who were sentenced to two years in jail by the trial court for causing death due to negligence, said in their application that the property should be handed over to them as the trial in the fire tragedy case was over.

The Ansal brothers said that the hall has not been used for several years and they want to put it to productive use.

"We have been deprived of running our business by putting the property to any productive use," they contended and said the revenue collected from the hall would contribute to the government exchequer.

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