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Uphaar fire case: Ansal brothers escape jail, to pay a fine of Rs 60 crore for tragedy that claimed 59 lives

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Last Updated: August 19, 2015, 17:42 IST

Uphaar fire case: Ansal brothers escape jail, to pay a fine of Rs 60 crore for tragedy that claimed 59 lives

As many as 59 people had lost their lives on June 13, 1997 when a fire was sparked by a faulty transformer during the screening of film Border at Uphaar theatre.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs 60 crore on Ansal brothers in connection with the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy case. The Ansal brothers were, however, not given any jail term.

As many as 59 people had lost their lives on June 13, 1997 when a fire was sparked by a faulty transformer during the screening of film Border at the Uphaar theatre. It led to mayhem and stampede, causing the loss of lives.

After a lengthy trial, brothers Sushil and Gopal Ansal were found guilty of "causing death by negligent" charge. A Delhi trial court awarded them two years' rigorous imprisonment in November 2007.



In December 2008, the Delhi High Court reduced the duo's sentences from two years to one year and they were granted bail by the Supreme Court on January 30, 2009.

On March 5, 2014, the Supreme Court had upheld the conviction of Ansal brothers, referring the matter for quantum of sentence to a three-judge bench due to difference of opinion.
first published:August 19, 2015, 16:38 IST
last updated:August 19, 2015, 17:42 IST