Court rejects Ansals’ plea to get back Uphaar cinema hall

March 21st, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has rejected the plea of Uphaar Cinema owners and real estate tycoons the Ansal brothers for handing over to them the cinema hall, which was sealed after a fire tragedy that killed 59 people in 1997.
In their plea, the Ansals stated that they wanted the cinema hall for its productive use.

Rejecting the petition seeking the court’s order on an application they had filed before their appeal was heard by him last year and was tagged along with the appeal, Justice S. Ravinder Bhat Friday said when he pronounced his verdict on their appeal in December last year, neither the accused nor their counsel pointed out to him about this application.

The court asked Ansals to move their application before the apex court for consideration as the matter is pending before it.

Sushil and Gopal Ansal, sentenced to two years in jail by the trial court which was later reduced to one year by the high court, 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 are on bail now.

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