Uphaar fire tragedy: Supreme Court to decide whether to enhance punishment of theatre owners Ansals

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New Delhi:  The Supreme Court will today decide on whether to enhance the sentence awarded to real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal and nine others in 1997 Uphaar cinema fire tragedy case.

59 people were killed when a fire engulfed the Uphaar cinema during the screening of the film Border on June 13, 1997.

After a lengthy trial, the Ansal brothers, who owned the theatre, were found guilty of causing death by negligent act.

A Delhi trial court awarded them two years’ rigorous imprisonment in November 2007. But in December 2008, the Delhi High Court reduced their sentences to one year.

The CBI and Association for Uphaar victims have challenged the alteration in conviction and reduction of sentence.

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