New Delhi, Oct 11 (ILNS) A Delhi Court recently convicted real estate barons Sushil Ansal, Gopal Ansal for tampering with crucial evidence in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case.
The Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma while holding both the Ansal brothers guilty, also held a former court staff Dinesh Chandra Sharma and two of the employees of Ansal Properties & Industries, namely P.P Batra and Anoop Singh, guilty for destructing crucial documents which were capable of proving their complicity in the case and thereby, attacking the very purity and sanctity of the justice system.
The court noted, “The accused persons are convicted for the offence of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust by public servant and tampering of evidence,” adding, “A devastating fire took place in Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997, where several human lives were the victim and the accused persons of said crime namely Sushil Ansal, Gopal Ansal and H.S. Panwar (since deceased) in conspiracy with other accused persons while facing trial in said case destructed critical documents which were capable of proving their complicity in the said crime, making this time the justice dispensation system as the victim.” “They tampered/obliterated/torn/defaced some hand-picked documents of the said case through meticulous planning in order to escape punishment by scuttling trial process and as such fiddled with our judicial system with great impunity. The manner in which the process of law was subjected to desecration by accused persons is no less than defiling the justice administration system. The high handedness of the accused persons for securing benefit in the trial sans documents by any means demonstrates the scant regard which they have for the justice delivery system which is the bedrock of our democracy ……Their misconception that they will get away with their nefarious design from punishment has been exposed to the world at large,” the Court added further. On June 13, 1997, a devastating fire occurred at the Uphaar cinema building located in Delhi’s Green Park area, claiming 59 lives and injuring several hundred of people. The instant case was filed on the basis of an FIR lodged upon the complaint made by the General Secretary of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) in pursuance of the direction passed by the Delhi High Court, in a plea moved by the AVUT Chairperson alleging tampering with the evidence of the 1997 Uphaar tragedy case in which the Ansal brothers were convicted and sentenced to two-year jail term by the Apex Court. However, in the year 2015, the Top Court released them taking into account the prison time they had already served while directing them to pay Rs. 30 crore fine each. Two other accused in the main case namely, H.S Panwar and Dharamvir Malhotra, died during the course of the trial./ILNS/BG/KR/SNG/