Uphaar case: Hearing against ex-cop on Nov 30

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NEW DELHI: A trial court will hear from November 30 the arguments on framing of charges against former IPS officer Amod Kanth for his alleged culpability in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma fixed the matter for the hearing after Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy informed him that HC had dismissed Kanth’s plea against the 2010 trial court order summoning him.

Kanth has been accused of allowing extra seats at Uphaar cinema hall where 59 people died in a blaze. Earlier, the magisterial court had refrained from passing any order after it was informed that HC is seized of the similar issue and had reserved its verdict on summoning Kanth. Dismissing Kanth’s plea on October 3, HC also rejected his argument that he cannot be tried for allegedly allowing extra seats as “sanction to prosecute” him had not been procured.

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